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Hazardous Waste

Where is the 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Rule in Effect?

EPA encourages states to develop and run their own hazardous waste programs as an alternative to direct EPA management. The 2015 Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule went into effect immediately in states, territories, and tribes that are not RCRA-authorized, including Iowa and Alaska.

State adoption of the 2015 DSW final rule is strongly encouraged, and some parts of the rule, including the new definition of legitimate recycling found at 40 CFR 260.43, are mandatory and will eventually be adopted by all the states.

However, the three new or revised solid waste exclusions that have been added to 40 CFR 261.4(a), namely the generator-controlled exclusion (40 CFR 261.4(a)(23)), the verified recycler exclusion (40 CFR 261.4(a)(24)) and the remanufacturing exclusion (40 CFR 261.4(a)(27)) are optional because those provisions are less stringent than the previous regulations under The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Note that one state (Idaho) is currently authorized for a 2008 version of the DSW rule that includes exclusions similar to the 2015 exclusions found at 40 CFR 261.4(a)(23) and (24). Because these 2008 DSW exclusions are less stringent than their 2015 counterparts, Idaho will need to revise its program to meet the 2015 standards. Until they complete this process, the 2008 rule will remain in effect in that state.

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Map of State Adoption and Authorization Status for the 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Rule

To help companies follow the regulations in their state, both a map and an alphabetical list of states and U.S. territories are given below. The map shows which states:

  • have adopted the entire 2015 DSW rule,
  • have been authorized for the entire DSW rule
  • have adopted only the mandatory parts of the 2015 DSW rule
  • have been authorized for only the mandatory parts of the 2015 DSW rule
  • have been authorized for the 2008 DSW rule
  • have not been authorized or adopted the rule, and
  • in which states the EPA administers the rule.

The chart below the map lists the state or U.S. territory, a link to the state's regulations if applicable, and whether the state has adopted or been authorized for the rule.

Map of States that havee adopted the 2015 DSW Rule

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Table with State Adoption and Authorization Status for the 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Rule

State or Territory Link to State Regulations Adopted the Rule Authorized for the Rule
Federal Tribes Uses Federal Regulations Administered by appropriate EPA Region Administered by appropriate EPA Region
Alabama Alabama Regulations (PDF) (1141 pp, 3.8 MB, About PDF)Exit Yes No
Alaska Uses Federal Regulations Administered by EPA Region 10 Administered by EPA Region 10
America Samoa Uses Federal Regulations Administered by EPA Region 9 Administered by EPA Region 9
Arizona   No No
Arkansas   No No
California   No No
Colorado Colorado RegulationsExit Yes (More Stringent Parts Only; Not the New Exclusions) No
Connecticut   No No
Delaware   No No
District of Columbia   No No
Florida Florida RegulationsExit Yes No
Georgia Georgia RegulationsExit Yes No
Guam   No No
Hawaii   No No
Idaho Idaho Regulations (PDF) (12 pp, 458 K, About PDF)Exit Yes (2008 DSW Rule) Yes (2008 DSW Rule)
Illinois Illinois Regulations Exit Yes No
Indiana Indiana Regulations Exit Yes No
Iowa Uses Federal Regulations Administered by EPA Region 7 Administered by EPA Region 7
Kansas   No No
Kentucky   No No
Louisiana Louisiana RegulationsExit Yes No
Maine   No No
Maryland   No No
Massachusetts   No No
Michigan Michigan RegulationsExit Yes No
Minnesota   No No
Mississippi   No No
Missouri   No No
Montana   No No
Nebraska Nebraska RegulationsExit Yes No
Nevada   No No
New Hampshire   No No
New Jersey New Jersey RegulationsExit Yes No
New Mexico   No No
New York   No No
North Carolina North Carolina RegulationsExit Yes No
North Dakota North Dakota RegulationsExit Yes No
North Mariana Islands Uses Federal Regulations Administered by EPA Region 9 Administered by EPA Region 9
Ohio   No No
Oklahoma Oklahoma Regulations (PDF) (33 pp, 244 K, About PDF)Exit Yes No
Oregon   No No
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania RegulationsExit Yes No
Puerto Rico Uses Federal Regulations and Puerto Rico Regulations No No
Rhode Island   No No
South Carolina South Carolina RegulationsExit Yes (More Stringent Parts Only; Not the New Exclusions) No
South Dakota   No No
Tennessee   No No
Texas Texas RegulationsExit Yes No
U.S. Virgin Islands Uses Federal Regulations Administered by EPA Region 2 Administered by EPA Region 2
Utah Utah RegulationsExit Yes No
Vermont   No No
Virginia Virginia RegulationsExit Yes No
Washington   No No
West Virginia   No No
Wisconsin   No No
Wyoming   No No

Notes About Table:

  • Adoptions and authorization status listed above are as of June 30, 2017.
  • The above links may not be the most current.
  • You may need to search within the state website.
  • Links to all state programs can be found on the State Regulatory Programs page

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