North Carolina Universal Wastes regulations & environmental compliance analysis

North Carolina Universal Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Universal waste management standards: 15A North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 13A.0119

Regulatory Agency
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North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Waste Management Hazardous Waste Section

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. North Carolina adopts by reference the federal regulations for the management of universal wastes, with some language substitutions to reference applicable North Carolina, rather than federal, citations.

In addition, North Carolina's adoption of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, effective in North Carolina as of March 1, 2018, 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 North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Division of Waste Management administers and enforces the universal waste requirements in North Carolina.

Guidance Documents

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