The Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule amended the Federal RCRA rules and enacted several important changes in how hazardous waste is managed. The Federal Rule was finalized in November 26, 2016 and became effective in a few States (Iowa, Alaska) on May 30, 2017. For all other States where implementation of RCRA had been delegated to State agencies, the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule did not become effective until States formally amended State rules to include these new provisions. Because some elements of the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule were less stringent that the existing RCRA rules, States had the option to include or exclude those portions when adopting their own State laws. For those portions of the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule that were more stringent than the existing RCRA rules, States were required to accept Federal rules in order to maintain an approved RCRA program.
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In 2017, The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality put a hold on all State rulemaking in order to go through a formal rulemaking process to incorporate the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule. That process was concluded in 2017. The State of North Carolina has finalized the updated hazardous waste rules which become effective on March 1, 2018.
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