Governing Law and Regulations
Universal waste rules: 401 Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) 39:080, Section 3
Large quantity handler of universal waste (LQHUW) registration: 401 KAR 39:080, Section 3(4) and 401 KAR 39:120, Section 4(2)(b)
Treatment: 401 KAR 39:080, Section 3(2)
Breaking lamps: 401 KAR 39:080, Section 3(3)
Response to releases: KRS 224.1-400, 401 KAR 39:080, Section 3(1), and 401 KAR 39:080, Section 5(1)
Petitions: 401 KAR 39:120, Section 3(9)
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 adopts by reference the federal regulations for universal waste, including the provisions for mercury-containing equipment. Kentucky has additional requirements for large quantity handlers of universal waste (LQHUWs), on-site treatment of universal waste, and response to releases.
In addition, Kentucky 's adoption of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, effective in Kentucky as of August 31, 2017, affected the state's universal waste requirements primarily by changing the name of the smallest class of hazardous waste generator to "very small quantity generator (VSQG)."
• Administration and enforcement. The Department for Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Waste Management administers and enforces the universal waste rule in Kentucky.