Frequent Questions

Are there any notification requirements for sending a waste to a MSWLF?

EPA has established several federal standards for MSWLFs in 40 CFR Part 258, including locations restrictions. operating criteria, design criteria, groundwater monitoring, corrective action, and financial assurance criteria.

In October 1991, EPA issued standards for municipal solid waste; under these regulations, permitting and enforcement authority fall to the states.  Other non-hazardous solid waste is regulated under state rather than federal authority.

Landfills that accept MSW are primarily regulated by state, tribal, and local governments.  Information regarding requirements other than those in Part 258 can be addressed by the state.

References:  40 CFR Part 258
Memo, Shapiro to Richardson, February 3, 1994 (RCRA Online #11964
List of State Contacts 

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