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Resource Conservation and Recovery Act – RCRA

In 1992, DTSC received authorization from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) to implement the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Subtitle C requirements and the associated regulations. Receiving authorization from the U.S. EPA means that DTSC is the primary authority enforcing the RCRA hazardous waste requirements in California. RCRA Subtitle C establishes standards for the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste in the United States.

In determining if delegation should be made to California, U.S. EPA solicits public comment on the request through notices in the Federal Register.

Authorization Application Notice:

October 18, 2019 opens a 30-day public comment period for the Universal Waste Authorization package. All comments must be submitted to U.S. EPA directly. The California Proposed Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions can be found on, Docket ID: EPA-R09-RCRA-2019-0491. The comment period will end on November 18, 2019.

To view a hard copy of the application package, please contact Carmela Torres at (916) 322-7893. You may view the hard copy at the California Environmental Protection Agency, DTSC, 1001 “I” Street, 11th floor, Sacramento, CA 95812. The application may be viewed from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments are preferred but are not required.

Since 1992, DTSC has requested and received authorization to implement additional parts of the federal program. To learn more about RCRA or to get more information about California’s authorization status including past authorization requests, go to U.S. EPA’s Resources Conservation and Recovery Act page.