The new USEPA regulations of the Generator Improvements Rule became effective on May 30, 2017 at the Federal level and in those states that lack an authorized hazardous waste program:
- The Indian Nations
- The territories Puerto Rico, American Samoa, N. Mariana and US Virgin Islands
States with an authorized hazardous waste program must adopt the more stringent requirements of the new rule on the following schedule:
- States have until July 1, 2018 to adopt more stringent requirements of the new rule.
- States have until July 1, 2019 to adopt more stringent requirements of the new rule if a change to state law is required.
Provisions of the new rule will not be effective in these states until they have adopted the new rule and have become authorized for the new provisions.
Authorized states are not required to adopt the requirements of the new rule that are less stringent or no more stringent than the current hazardous waste regulations.
Two states with an authorized hazardous waste program (New Jersey and Pennsylvania) immediately adopted the new rule when it went into effect on May 30, 2017.
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