Kentucky TSDF Responsibilities regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Kentucky TSDF Responsibilities: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) rules: 401 Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) 401 KAR 39:090, Section 1; and 401 KAR 39:090, Section 2 (interim status)

Regulatory Agency
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Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Kentucky's rules for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) include the federal rules and some additional state requirements. The state's rules cover annual reports, state wastes, facility location, facility design and operating requirements, closure and post-closure standards, financial responsibility, and permit rules and facility fees.

Administration and enforcement. The Department for Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Waste Management administers and enforces the TSDF requirements in Kentucky.

State Requirements


TSDF owners and operators in Kentucky must report annually on their hazardous waste activities. The state's annual reporting requirement is in addition to the federal biennial reporting requirement. See the state section BIENNIAL REPORT to review these reporting requirements.


Kentucky regulates nerve and blister agents as hazardous wastes and adds them to the state's list of hazardous wastes. In addition, Kentucky has state rules for the management of "special wastes." For details and more information, see the state sections HAZARDOUS WASTE DETERMINATION and LISTED WASTES.


Kentucky has specific requirements for where the facility can be located. The requirements are in ...

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