EPA's Region 6 Office
Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations
If you own or operate a MSWLF in Indian Country, you will need to be familiar with the federal regulations governing MSW disposal. These regulations specify safe design and management practices that control releases into ground water, location and operating procedures that protect human health, as well as closure procedures, including long-term monitoring of landfill conditions that will protect future generations. Given the complexity of the regulations, the EPA established different effective dates for various types of MSWLFs. With the different federal requirements affecting MSW disposal and the various effective dates, it's not surprising that some confusion exists about when and how tribes should be in compliance with the various regulations. The purpose of this web page is to:
(1) clarify the effective dates for EPA's MSWLF
(2) explain how you can realistically meet these deadlines and protect public health and the environment in your community. We hope this home page will encourage the exchange of tribal knowledge about integrated solid waste management and will help all of us to work together to protect human health and to safeguard and improve the natural environment in Indian Country.