Governing Law and Regulations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM)
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
State and local agencies
Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), wastes are separated into two broad categories: hazardous and nonhazardous. Hazardous wastes are regulated under Subtitle C, and nonhazardous (solid) wastes are regulated under Subtitle D. RCRA Subtitle D was designed to assist waste management officials in developing and encouraging environmentally sound methods for the disposal of nonhazardous solid waste (RCRA Section 4001). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not have enforcement authority under RCRA Subtitle D; regulation of solid waste is the responsibility of the states. See the national section SOLID WASTE for more information about federal solid waste management requirements.
State and local agencies are responsible for developing, administering, and enforcing requirements for nonhazardous solid waste transporters. Certain solid waste transporters must follow requirements from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This section discusses federal guidelines that apply to nonhazardous solid waste motor carrier ...