The State of Illinois has received final authorization from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for certain changes to the state's hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Periodic revisions to state rules are necessary to ensure that authorized state hazardous waste programs remain at least as stringent as the federal program requirements, which change over time.
This final authorization, which became effective on March 10, 2017, incorporates those federal RCRA rules from 1995 to 2005 which Illinois has adopted into the state regulations. Among the significant regulations for which Illinois is now authorized are the universal waste rules, the Subpart CC air emission requirements, and requirements related to hazardous waste combustion facilities. A complete list of the regulations for which Illinois is newly authorized can be found in the final rule.