Pennsylvania Universal Wastes regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Universal Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Universal waste rule: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 266b.1 to 266b.60

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Oil-based finishes:

Definitions: 25 Pa. Code 266b.3 and 25 Pa. Code 266b.4

Management: 25 Pa. Code 266b.11, 25 Pa. Code 266b.29(1), 25 Pa. Code 266b.31, and 25 Pa. Code 266b.39(1)

Photographic solutions:

Definitions: 25 Pa. Code 266b.3 and 25 Pa. Code 266b.5

Management: 25 Pa. Code 266b.12, 25 Pa. Code 266b.29(2), 25 Pa. Code 266b.32, and 25 Pa. Code 266b.39(2)

Permits and licenses:

Small quantity handlers of universal waste (SQHUWs): 25 Pa. Code 266b.10

Large quantity handlers of universal waste (LQHUWs): 25 Pa. Code 266b.30

Transporters: 25 Pa. Code 266b.50

Regulatory Agency

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Waste, Air, Radiation, and Remediation Management Bureau of Waste Management Division of Hazardous Waste Management

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The state's universal waste management rules (which adopt by reference the federal rules) include provisions for the management of wastes that are in addition to those regulated under the federal rules. Pennsylvania's universal waste rules include the management of oil-based finishes and photographic solutions. Pennsylvania also adds provisions stating that small quantity handlers of universal waste (SQHUWs) and large quantity handlers of universal waste (LQHUWs) are deemed to have a permit for the storage of universal waste and transporters are deemed to have a license for transporting universal waste.

Pennsylvania incorporates by reference the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule (New Rule), effective on the federal ...

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