Hazardous Waste

Regulation

Hazardous waste is regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle C. Businesses and other facilities in Virginia are required to comply with hazardous waste regulations prescribed in the Virginia Hazardous Waste Management Regulations, which closely follow federal standards established under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Facilities that store, treat, and dispose of hazardous wastes require a permit.  For more information regarding hazardous waste permits, renewals, and permit modifications, please see "Hazardous Waste Management Facility Permit."

New Hazardous Waste Regulations Adopted by Virginia

DEQ seeks to make hazardous waste generators in Virginia aware of a new rule recently adopted into the Virginia Hazardous Waste Management Regulations (VHWMR) that will affect what requirements generators must comply with in the future. The hazardous waste Generator Improvements Rule (GIR) became effective federally on May 30, 2017, and will become effective in Virginia on April 8, 2018. Virginia adopted EPA’s rule as it was written.

If you are a Hazardous Waste Generator and would like more information regarding the changes and how the Generator Improvements Rule will impact your business, please visit the Generator Improvements Rule page.

Generator Improvements Rule (GIR) Training Follow-up

Thank you to all who participated in DEQ's GIR Webinar or GIR training sessions that were held throughout the state. The amazing turnout consisted of more than 500 participants signed up for the webinar, and more than 500 people attended the in-person training sessions. DEQ was glad to share information about the new requirements, and to answer questions from the regulated community.

DEQ's hazardous waste website pages have been updated to incorporate the GIR requirements including additional guidance pages and documents. DEQ is continuing to update existing guidance and manuals to incorporate the GIR and will make these available as upon completion.

Please feel free to contact DEQ if you have any follow-up questions on the GIR training, any general questions about hazardous waste management in Virginia, or any suggestions for future training topics in which you might be interested.

Training Opportunities

e-Manifest Overview Webinar

Oct 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM EDT

EPA Region 3 will be presenting a webinar on e-Manifest. The webinar will provide an overview of e-Manifest and information applicable to the hazardous waste generators including why generators should consider registering for e-Manifest, how e-Manifest affects manifest recordkeeping requirements, how e-Manifest affects State manifest collection programs, how e-Manifest affects RCRA inspections, and a demonstration of how to register for e-Manifest. All hazardous waste generators in Virginia are encouraged to attend the webinar.

How to Register

To register for the e-Manifest Overview Webinar, please follow this link, https://register.gotowebinar.com/register, to GoToWebinar registeration form. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. To view system requirements for attendees for the GoToWebinar, please follow this link https://support.logmeininc.com/gotowebinar/help/system-requirements-for-attendees

Please continue to check this hazardous waste page for future training opportunities.

Topics of Interest in the RCRA Universe

Please use the website links below to access other areas of current interest in the RCRA universe. These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. DEQ bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

Adding Aerosol Cans to Universal Waste Regulations
E-Manifest
EPA Rulemaking - Dockets, The Basic Regulatory Process, The Rulemaking Gateway - Blog
Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals
Modernizing Ignitable Liquids Determination
Vacatur to the Definition of Solid Waste

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Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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