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State Regulations (General)
Section 6001 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
of 1976 requires any federal facility engaged in any activity resulting or
which may result, in the disposal of solid waste to comply with all federal,
state, and local disposal requirements.  RCRA sets minimum standards for
landfills.  States must adopt these or establish more restrictive ones.
Although details will differ from state to state, the general permitting
procedures and requirements are quite similar.  Most state regulations will address the following issues
and will likely have similar requirements.
1. Primary responsibility for solid waste handling is assigned to the
local government, reserving to the state those functions necessary
to ensure effective programs.
2. State regulations require each county, city, or jurisdictional
board of health to adopt regulations or ordinances governing solid
waste handling.  These regulations or ordinances are to protect
the public health, prevent air and water pollution, and avoid the
creation of nuisance.
3. State laws establish requirements for permits for any solid waste
facility from the appropriate state agency.
4. State regulations may define requirements for:
storage containers
waste collection and transportation
plan of operation
inspections recycling.
5. Important regulations list minimum functional standards for landfill:
maintenance and operation
closure and post-closure.
6. Special laws will describe requirements for:
operating and closing of inert and demolition waste sites
monitoring groundwater
establishing a corrective action program in the event of
contamination of groundwater.


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