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Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Regulations

The RCRA regulations are contained in title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 239 through 282.

The CFR is a collection of all federal regulations codified and enforced by all federal agencies. Title 40 – Protection of the Environment - contains all of the regulations governing EPA's programs.

In any given state, EPA or the state's 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.

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Non-hazardous Waste

Title 40 of the CFR parts 239 through 259 contain the regulations for solid waste. The requirements for underground storage tanks, which are also regulated under RCRA, are located in title 40 CFR part 280. A list of all solid waste regulations with links to the regulatory text is provided below:

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Hazardous Waste

The regulations governing hazardous waste identification, classification, generation, management and disposal are found in title 40 CFR parts 260 through 273.

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Other RCRA Regulations

EPA also established regulations for managing used oil and standards for underground storage tanks, which can be found in title 40 CFR parts 279 through 282. 

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