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State and Regional Waste Issues

EPA delegated the primary responsibility of implementing the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste program to individual states in lieu of EPA. This process ensures national consistency and minimum standards while providing flexibility to implement rules. New York Exit EPA disclaimerand New Jersey Exit EPA disclaimerstates have been granted authority to implement the base, or initial program. State RCRA programs must always be at least as stringent as the federal requirements, but states can adopt more stringent requirements as well. EPA also conducts a separate inspection and enforcement program throughout the Region.

EPA has not delegated the RCRA hazardous waste program to Puerto Rico Exit EPA disclaimerand the U.S. Virgin Islands Exit EPA disclaimer.

EPA is committed to offering Indian nations opportunities similar to those we extend to the states and to working with Indian nations to establish appropriate environmental programs.

Links of interest  

EPA's Office of Solid Waste Subject Index

Hazardous Waste
RCRA State Authorization
RCRA Permit Policy Compendium
Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Hazardous Waste Combustors

EPA, State, Local and Tribal Programs

Native American Issues
Indian Program in Region 2
EPA HQ Waste Management in Indian Country
EPA HQ American Indian Environmental Office


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