Where is the Managing Hazardous Waste at Academic Laboratories Rule in Effect?
Like in most federal environmental legislation, the EPA encourages states to develop and run their own hazardous waste programs as an alternative to direct EPA management. The Academic Laboratories final rule went into effect immediately in states, territories, and tribes that are not RCRA-authorized, including Iowa and Alaska. State adoption of the 2008 Academic Laboratories final rule is strongly encouraged. However, it is optional because the rule is neither more nor less stringent than the pre-existing regulations under RCRA.
To help academic laboratories 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 become authorized for the Academic Laboratories Rule,
- have adopted the 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.
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|State or Territory||Link to State Regulations||Adopted the Rule||Authorized for the Rule|
|Federal Tribes (uses Federal Regulations)||Administered by appropriate EPA Region|
|Alabama||Alabama Regulations (PDF) Exit(1072 pp, 337 MB)||Yes||No|
|Alaska (uses Federal Regulations)||Administered by EPA Region 10|
|American Samoa (uses Federal Regulations)||Administered by EPA Region 9|
|Arizona||Arizona Regulations Exit||Yes||No|
|Arkansas||Arkansas Regulations (PDF) Exit(827 pp, 30 MB)||Yes||Yes|
|District of Columbia||No||No|
|Florida||Florida Regulations Exit (20 pp, 956 K)||Yes||Yes|
|Georgia||Georgia Regulations Exit||Yes||Yes|
|Idaho||Idaho Regulations (PDF) Exit(12 pp, 113 K)||Yes||Yes|
|Illinois||Illinois Regulations Exit||Yes||No|
|Indiana||Indiana Regulations (PDF) Exit(2 pp, 12 K)||Yes||Yes|
|Iowa (uses Federal Regulations)||Administered by EPA Region 7|
|Massachusetts||Massachusetts Regulations Exit||Yes||No|
|Michigan||Michigan Regulations Exit (258 pp, 605 K)||Yes||Yes|
|Montana||Montana Regulations Exit||Yes||No|
|New Jersey||New Jersey Regulations (see Title 7, Chapter 26G, Subchapter 6)||Yes||No|
|North Carolina||North Carolina Regulations Exit||Yes||Yes|
|North Dakota||North Dakota Regulations Exit||Yes||No|
|Northern Mariana Islands (uses Federal Regulations)||Administered by EPA Region 9|
|Ohio||Ohio Regulations Exit||Yes||No|
|Oklahoma||Oklahoma Regulations (PDF) Exit(28 pp, 74 K)||Yes||Yes|
|Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania Regulations Exit||Yes||No|
|Puerto Rico (uses Federal Regulations and Puerto Rico Regulations)||Administered by EPA Region 2|
|South Carolina||South Carolina Regulations Exit||Yes||No|
|South Dakota||South Dakota Regulations Exit||Yes||Yes|
|Tennessee||Tennessee Regulations Exit||Yes||No|
|Texas||Texas Regulations Exit||Yes||Yes|
|U.S. Virgin Islands (uses Federal Regulations)||Administered by EPA Region 2|
|Utah||Utah Regulations Exit||Yes||No|
|Vermont||Vermont Regulations (PDF) Exit(27 pp, 88 K)
see Section 7-109(b)(4) on page 1-24
|Virginia||Virginia Regulations Exit||Yes||Yes|
|Washington||Washington Regulations Exit||Yes||No|
|West Virginia||West Virginia Regulations Exit||Yes||No|
|Wyoming||Wyoming Regulations Exit(click on "Environmental Quality, Department of" to find the hazardous waste regulations)||Yes||No|
Notes About Table:
- Adoptions and authorization status listed above are as of December 26, 2019.
- 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.