Governing Law and Regulations
Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Washington's rules for dangerous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) include the federal rules and some more stringent state requirements. The state's more stringent rules cover:
—Facility design, construction, and operation standards
—Facility performance standards
—Closure and post-closure
—Disposal of dangerous wastes
• Administration and enforcement. WDOE's Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program enforces the TSDF requirements in Washington.
Washington refers to hazardous waste as dangerous waste. Dangerous waste is further classified by the state as either dangerous waste or extremely hazardous waste. The state's dangerous wastes include the federal hazardous wastes and several other types of waste. In addition, the state has a category of waste called "special wastes." For additional information on Washington's waste classifications, see the state sections HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) and LISTED WASTES.
TSDF owners and operators in Washington must report annually on their dangerous waste activities. The state's yearly reporting ...