When Will New RCRA Rules Impact My State?
As we prepare for these major RCRA updates, hazardous waste professionals nationwide are asking themselves the same question: When will these new rules matter in my state? Today, we’ll take a look at how different states adopt or incorporate updates to the Federal hazardous waste regulations into their unique state programs.
While most states create and maintain a unique hazardous waste management regulatory program, there are two exceptions: Alaska and Iowa. Because these two states do not manage their own program, Federal RCRA is the law of the land in Alaska and Iowa (as well as certain Indian reservations and US territories).
Alaska, Iowa, and Select Territories
When the new RCRA rules take effect on May 30, generators in these states and territories must be in compliance immediately.
New Jersey and Pennsylvania are unique in a different way. Because of the way these states structure their State programs—they adopt all Federal hazardous waste rules by reference—they instantaneously adopt changes to the Federal RCRA regulations into their State programs.
New Jersey and Pennsylvania
So, in NJ and PA, generators must be in compliance with the new RCRA rules immediately when they take effect on May 30.
The remaining 46 states all manage their own RCRA state programs and do not immediately adopt changes made at the Federal level. That said, State hazardous waste programs must meet two important criteria. To maintain EPA authorization to run a State hazardous waste program, the program must be:
The Other 46 States
- Consistent with the Federal RCRA standards.
- At least as stringent as the Federal standards.
States may choose to adopt new reliefs afforded to generators in the Generator Improvements Rule—such as relaxed standards for episodic generation events. As stated above, State regulations must be at least as stringent as the Federal RCRA rules, but they can be even more stringent.
For more information on how states adopt changing Federal RCRA rules, read How States Adopt New RCRA Hazardous Waste Rules.
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In 90 minutes, we’ll cover the biggest changes to RCRA and what you need to do to stay in compliance. Get your questions answered during the presentation and take away a digital compliance reference you will refer to again and again as you get accustomed to the revised RCRA requirements, structure, and vocabulary. Sign up now.
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