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Hazardous Waste

Delisting a Hazardous Waste

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The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) provides a process to remove, or “delist,” a waste generated at a facility from the list of hazardous wastes.

The regulations describing the delisting process are found in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in section 260.22.

This delisting process is initiated by the generator (the person who creates the waste), who prepares a petition for delisting the waste.

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What is a Hazardous Waste Delisting?

RCRA regulations provide a petition procedure to exclude or "delist" a particular facility's waste from the list of hazardous wastes if the waste does not possess the dangerous properties. While there are two general types of hazardous waste, characteristic and listed, only listed wastes can be delisted. 

  • Characteristic hazardous wastes are designated hazardous because they exhibit dangerous properties such as corrosivity, ignitability, reactivity, or toxicity. Characteristic hazardous wastes cannot be delisted because of these dangerous properties.
  • Listed hazardous wastes are designated hazardous because the processes that generate them have typically produced wastes with dangerous properties like those mentioned above for characteristic wastes. Listed wastes are presumed to possess dangerous properties because of historical knowledge of the waste-generating-process.

How Do I Get a Delisting for My Waste?

This delisting process is initiated by the generator (the person who creates the waste), who prepares a petition for delisting the waste. The petition provides information about the waste, including its chemical composition, to demonstrate the rationale for delisting the waste. The petition is reviewed by the appropriate regulatory agency -- either U.S. EPA or an authorized state hazardous waste regulatory agency -- to determine whether the waste should continue to be listed as hazardous.

To begin this process, the hazardous waste generator must determine to whom they must petition, the U.S. EPA regional office or the state environmental agency. U.S. EPA delegated the authority to delist hazardous waste generated and disposed of in certain states to the state environmental agency. The delisting process is different in each U.S. EPA region and in each state so it is key to contact your regional or state coordinator and discuss the delistings process with him or her first. Below is a listing of regional and state delistings coordinators:

Picture of U.S. map of EPA's Regions

Region1Region2Region3Region 4Region 5Region6Region 7Region 8Region 9Region 10

Region 1 - Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

EPA Regional Delistings Coordinator

Sharon Leitch

(617) 918-1647

leitch.sharon@epa.gov

Region 2 - New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

EPA Regional Delistings Coordinator

Contact Region 2 for the current delisting coordinator

(877) 251-4575

New Jersey Delistings

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste

(609) 633-1418

Region 3 - Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

EPA Regional Delistings Coordinator

Unassigned

(215) 814-5000 (Main Region 3 Phone Number)

Delaware Delistings

Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control

Division of Waste Hazardous Substances

(302) 739-9403

District of Columbia Delistings

District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment

(202) 535-2600

(202) 535-1909

Pennsylvania Delistings

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Bureau of Waste Management

(717) 783-2388

(717) 787-6239

West Virginia Delistings

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

Division of Water and Waste Management

(304) 926-0495

Region 4 - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

EPA Regional Delistings Coordinator

William Kappler

(404) 562-8498

Kappler.william@epa.gov

Alabama Delistings

Alabama Department of Environmental Management

Land Division

(334) 271-7730

Georgia Delistings

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Land Protection Branch

(404) 657-8600

Kentucky Delistings

Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection

Division of Waste Management

(502) 564-6716

Mississippi Delistings

Mississippi Department of Natural Resources

Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Division

(601) 961-5682

North Carolina Delistings

North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Division of Waste Management

(919) 707-8200

Region 5 - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Illinois Delistings Coordinator

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Mark Crites

(217) 524-3269

mark.crites@illinois.gov

1021 North Grand Avenue East

P.O. Box 19276

Mail Code 33

Springfield, IL 62794-9276

Indiana Delistings Coordinator

Indiana Department of Environmental Management

John Naddy

jnaddy@idem.in.gov

(317) 233-0404

100 North Senate

Room 1101

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Michigan Delistings Coordinator

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

James Ferritto

(213) 876-4454

ferrittoj@michigan.gov

Note: Michigan considers delistings only for wastes that are treated, stored, or disposed of as part of closure or partial closure of a treatment, storage or disposal (TSD) facility or if the waste is contaminated soil deemed hazardous due to its mixture with a hazardous waste. For potential delistings of other hazardous wastes generated in Michigan, contact EPA Region 5.

Minnesota Delistings Coordinator

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Courtney Ahlers-Nelson

(651) 757-2183

courtney.ahlers@state.mn.us

520 Lafayette Road

St. Paul, MN 55155

Ohio and Wisconsin Delistings Coordinators

U.S. EPA RCRA Programs Branch

Todd Ramaly

(312) 353-9317

ramaly.todd@epa.gov

Christopher Lambesis

(312) 886-3583

lambesis.christopher@epa.gov

77 West Jackson Blvd.

Mail Code LR-8J

Chicago, Illinois 60604

Region 6 - Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

EPA Regional Delistings Coordinators

Michelle Peace

(214) 665-7430

peace.michelle@epa.gov

Alethea Tsui Bowen

(214) 665-7555

tsui-bowen.alethea@epa.gov

Louisiana Delistings

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

Waste Permits Division

(225) 219-3181

Oklahoma Delistings

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality

Land Protection Division

(405) 702-5100

Region 7 - Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

EPA Regional Delistings Coordinator

Marcus Rivas

(913) 551-7669

Rivas.Marcus@epa.gov

Nebraska Delistings

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

Waste Management Division

(402) 471-2186

Region 8 - Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

EPA Regional Delistings Coordinator

Unassigned

(303) 312-6312 (Main Region 8 Phone Number)

Colorado Delistings

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division

(303) 692-3300

Montana Delistings

Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Hazardous Waste Program

(406) 444-5300

North Dakota Delistings

North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality

Division of Waste Management

(701) 328-5166

South Dakota Delistings

South Dakota Department of the Environment and Natural Resources

Waste Management Program

(605) 773-3153

Utah Delistings

Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control

(801) 536-0200

Wyoming Delistings

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Solid and Hazardous Waste Division

(307) 777-8937

Region 9 - Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam

EPA Regional Delistings Coordinator

Karen Ueno

(415) 972-3317

ueno.karen@epa.gov

Region 10 - Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

EPA Regional Delistings Coordinator

Dave Bartus

(206) 553-2804

bartus.dave@epa.gov

Oregon Delistings

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Division of Land Quality

(503) 234-3000

Idaho Delistings

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Waste Management and Remediation

(208) 373-0148

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Where Can I Find Out Which Wastes Have Been Delisted?

To look up the facilities that successfully petitioned EPA for a delisting, view the Appendix IX of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations part 261.

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Step 1: Is the material a solid waste? Step 2: Is the waste excluded from the definition of solid waste or hazardous waste? Step 3: Is the wasted listed or characteristic hazardous waste? Step 4 Is the waste delisted?