Delaware Adopts Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that revises the hazardous waste generator regulations by making them simpler to understand and offering enhanced flexibility in how hazardous waste is managed to better fit today's business operations. The revisions also protect Americans by enhancing the safety of facilities that create hazardous waste and the response capabilities of emergency responders by improving risk communication.

The Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule (HWGIR) directly responds to feedback from the regulated community, states, communities and other stakeholders, and represents a significant investment in evaluating and addressing the challenges in the hazardous waste generator program.

This final rule includes over 60 changes to the hazardous waste generator regulations that clarify existing requirements, increase flexibility, and improve environmental protection. 

Clean Earth is tracking the latest rulemaking updates for the states to show when and where the rule is effective, as well as interim steps such as public comment periods. 

Delaware is the latest state to adopt the HWGIR, effective Jan. 21. 

Anticipated Rulemaking after July 1, 2021

  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • Minnesota (public comment in first half of 2021)
  • Oregon (public comment in second half of 2021)

Anticipated Rulemaking by July 1, 2021

  • Maryland (public comment in first half of 2021)

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