Frequent Questions

Who enforces hazardous waste laws?

In any given State, EPA or the State hazardous waste regulatory agency enforces hazardous waste laws. EPA encourages States to assume primary responsibility for implementing a hazardous waste program through State adoption, authorization, and implementation of the regulations.
 
The RCRA hazardous waste program regulates commercial businesses as well as federal, State, and local government facilities that generate, transport, treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste. Each of these entities is regulated to ensure proper management of hazardous waste from the moment it is generated until its ultimate disposal or destruction.

For more information, see http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/wyl/stateprograms.htm and http://www.epa.gov/compliance/index.html.

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