Governing Law and Regulations
Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Washington has adopted the federal regulations for universal wastes, with the exception of the provisions relating to pesticides. Consequently, pesticides that are hazardous wastes must be managed under the state's dangerous waste rules. See the state section PESTICIDES for more information.
The state regulations include the federal rules for managing fluorescent lamps as a universal waste with additional and more stringent state provisions concerning definitions, indoor storage, notification, and accumulation quantity limits. Washington's rules for the regulation of mercury-containing equipment (MCE) as a universal waste follow, in most ways, the federal MCE provisions.
• Administration and enforcement. The Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) administers and enforces the universal waste rule in Washington.
Washington's definitions for MCE, lamps, small quantity handlers of universal waste (SQHUWs), and large quantity handlers of universal waste (LQHUWs) are somewhat ...