DEQ's Waste Management and Remediation Division is responsible for monitoring and controlling the generation, treatment, storage, and disposal of wastes in Idaho. The waste management group focuses on ensuring that wastes generated in or entering Idaho are managed and disposed in a manner protective of human health and the environment. On the remediation side, program resources are directed to responding to releases of hazardous substances to surface waters, ground water, or soils.
- Protect human health and the environment from the potential hazards of waste disposal.
- Conserve energy and natural resources.
- Reduce the amount of waste generated.
- Ensure that wastes are managed in an environmentally sound manner.
RCRA is comprised of the following three interrelated programs:
- Hazardous Waste (Subtitle C)—Manages hazardous waste from the time it is generated until it is disposed (referred to as cradle to grave).
- Solid Waste (Subtitle D)—Sets criteria for municipal solid waste and other nonhazardous waste disposal facilities and prohibits open dumping of solid waste.
- Underground Storage Tank (Subtitle I)—Regulates underground storage tanks storing petroleum or other hazardous substances.
EPA encourages states to implement their own waste management programs and receive primacy over waste issues. To receive state primacy, states must develop statutes and regulations that are at least as stringent as the federal acts and regulations. Idaho has adopted statutes and rules governing management of certain aspects of hazardous and solid waste and underground storage tanks.
DEQ is the state agency delegated responsibility by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement RCRA in Idaho. With only a few exceptions, Idaho has incorporated RCRA by reference into the state's Rules and Standards for Hazardous Waste (IDAPA 58.01.05).
Hazardous Waste in Idaho
Hazardous waste has properties that make it dangerous or potentially harmful to human health or the environment. Hazardous wastes can be by-products of manufacturing processes or simply discarded commercial products. By law, facilities that generate waste must determine if any of their wastes are hazardous and, if so, manage and dispose of them properly. Learn more.
Solid waste consists of garbage or refuse, sludge from a wastewater treatment plant, water supply treatment plant, or air pollution control facility and other discarded material including solid, liquid, semisolid, or contained gaseous material resulting from industrial, commercial, mining, and agricultural operations and from community activities. DEQ is designated as the state agency responsible for regulating most solid waste management facilities in Idaho, including landfills, incinerators, transfer stations, processing facilities, and wood or mill yard debris facilities. Learn more.