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Whose Regulations are More Strict: Your State or the EPA?

Whose Regulations are More Strict: Your State or the EPA?

Did you know that some states have hazardous waste management regulations that are actually more stringent than the EPA?

Did you know that some states have hazardous waste management regulations that are actually more stringent than the EPA? If your company handles hazardous waste, it is important that you stay educated on the most up-to-date regulations for your area. You can also partner with a responsible, experienced hazardous waste management company such as AEG Environmental for all of your hazardous waste disposal needs.

Why would the regulations be different?

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 gave individual states the right to dictate their own hazardous waste management standards, within EPA guidelines of course. Under the RCRA, states’ hazardous waste standards must meet certain minimum requirements. Because the power to dictate regulations lies with the individual states, there are often many differences in policies from state to state. If your business operates in multiple states, make sure you are well acquainted with the regulations in each one.

Differences in Hazardous Waste Definitions

Often, the most noticeable differences will lie in the definitions of hazardous waste. For example, the EPA may define a material one way, but an individual state may say that the EPA’s standard is too loose and define it more stringently. States are well within their rights to be more stringent with hazardous waste regulations than the EPA, and they often are.

Other Differences You May Find

  • Some states require hazardous waste reports to be filed annually, as opposed to every other year.
  • Some hazardous waste management tasks require state-specific paperwork that shows more information than federal forms.
  • Regulations for central accumulation areas may be different for “permitted” and “un-permitted” hazardous material generators.

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No matter what kind of environmental issue you may have, AEG Environmental can help. We handle every situation with care, dedication, and a commitment to exemplary customer service. When you have an emergency, you can rely on us! Need training? We can handle that too! We train in a wide variety of environmental management areas so that your company can remain compliant with EPA, DOT, and OSHA. Make sure to check out our blog for the latest and greatest in the waste management world! You should also follow us on social media for updates.

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