Hazardous Waste

Montana

Comparison of State and Federal Hazardous Waste Rules

General Summary (find a description of Federal Rules here).

    Montana generally follows the federal rules for hazardous waste management and also has more stringent state requirements.

1. Do I need an EPA ID number to handle hazardous wastes in Montana?


Main Hazardous Waste Page: State Hazardous Waste Management Information

2. How do I determine my generator status?

    Montana follows the federal rules for defining generator status.

3. How can I tell if the waste materials I handle are considered hazardous wastes?

    Montana follows the federal rules for defining hazardous wastes.

4. How long can I store hazardous wastes on site?

    Montana follows the federal rules for storing hazardous wastes.

5. Who can transport and receive the wastes I ship off site?

    Montana follows the federal rules for shipping hazardous wastes to a TSD.Transporters must be registered. Transfer facilities must comply with training, emergency planning, container handling, and annual reporting requirements.

6. What records do I have to keep?

    Montana follows the federal rules for recordkeeping.

7. Do I have to file reports?

    Montana follows the federal rules for reporting. Annual reports must be submitted by LQGs and SQG's and kept on file for at least three years.

8. What training requirements do I have to meet?

    Montana follows the federal rules for training.

9. What differences between states may exist with regard to use of the the new standardized manifest form?

    As of September 5, 2006, the new standardized manifest form (EPA Form 8700-22) and its continuation sheet (EPA Form 8700-22A) must be used in every state to track hazardous waste shipments. There will be no state variations of the new federal form and states may not require information to be included on the form that is in addition to that required by federal rules. That said, some differences between states may exist with regard to use of the form. For Montana these differences include:

    Additional Wastes:
    No Montana Specific waste codes are required.

    Exemptions: None.

    Distribution:
    Montana does not require manifest copies submitted to the state.

    Reporting: None.

    Recordkeeping:
    Copies of the manifest are required to be kept on file at the transfer facility location for all hazardous waste shipments that are transported to a transfer facility.

    Other Notes, Comments:: None.

10. What are some other differences between federal and state rules?

    LQGs and SGQ's must register annually with DEQ and pay an annual registration fee. At any reasonable time and upon presentation of credentials, DEQ officials may enter and inspect any property, premises, or place where hazardous wastes or used oil are generated, stored, treated, disposed of, or loaded for transportation.

11. Contacts

  • Ed Thamke, Bureau Chief, Hazardous Waste Program, (406) 444-5300, ethamke@mt.gov
  • Rebecca Holmes, Hazardous Waste Permits, (406) 444-2876, rholmes@mt.gov