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Hazardous Waste Permitting and Compliance

What is a Hazardous Waste?

A hazardous waste is specifically listed by the Utah Solid and Hazardous Waste Rules or exhibits a characteristic such as ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity (as defined by the rules). Common hazardous waste may include paint, solvents used in painting and dry cleaning residues and pesticides.


Individuals who treat, store or dispose of hazardous waste must comply with a permit. However, the rules allow generators of small quantities of hazardous waste to store in accordance with certain requirements in lieu of a permit.

Custom permit conditions are developed to reflect a facility’s specific waste type, waste management equipment, and operating conditions such as:

  • Air, Groundwater and Soil Sampling and Monitoring
  • Analytical Procedures
  • Closure Plans
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Operating Procedures
  • Personnel Training
  • Procedures to Clean Up any Past and Future Releases of Hazardous Waste
  • Record Keeping
  • Type of Management Units, Installation and Construction of Units, Equipment Maintenance and Inspections

Modification of Permits

The permit must be modified when facilities desire to change operating plans, equipment, or personnel. Prior to the Division making a final determination on any substantial changes, the public will have an opportunity to provide comments and assist the Division in reaching a final decision.

Compliance Monitoring

Division technical experts are continually overseeing hazardous waste management activities by conducting on-site inspections; sampling; auditing lab procedures; evaluating technical data such as incineration operating data, soil sampling data, or groundwater monitoring data.

Permit Violations

Warning Letters or Notices of Violation and Compliance Orders can be issued for violations. Facilities must immediately correct any deficiencies and may provide additional information concerning the alleged violations.

Violations are resolved by entering into consent agreements or by civil litigation. Consent agreements are not finalized until the public has an opportunity to comment.

Notice of Public Involvement

The Division maintains mailing lists of individuals interested in specific facilities within a county. Mailing list participants receive notices of facility sponsored informational meetings, minor permit changes, public comment periods for substantial permit changes, and final permit decisions. To be added to the mailing list, contact the Division.

Notices of all public comment periods are published in a local newspaper and the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News. Notices of public hearings are also broadcast on KSL radio prior to the hearing.

The Division strives to work closely with facilities and the community to address technical issues that allow a facility to maximize operating efficiency and minimize any impact on human health and the environment.


We welcome your comments and suggestions on these pages. Please contact Deborah Ng (801) 536-0218.