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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Illinois follows the federal regulations for universal wastes, including those for mercury-containing equipment. The state's universal waste provisions for lamps, however, are in some ways more stringent than their federal counterparts.
• Administration and enforcement. IEPA's Division of Land Pollution Control administers and enforces the universal waste rule in Illinois.
Illinois regulates "lamps" under the state universal waste rule (35 IAC 733.105). A lamp is "the bulb or tube portion of an electric lighting device specifically designed to produce radiant energy, most often in the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum." Examples of common universal waste electric lamps include, but are not limited to, fluorescent lamps, high-intensity discharge, neon, mercury vapor, high pressure sodium, and metal halide lamps (35 IAC 733.109).
To be managed under the universal waste rule in Illinois, as under the federal rule, the lamp must be a waste as well as a hazardous waste under 40 CFR 261. As under ...