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Summary of District of Columbia Laws

Environmental

"D.C. Hazardous Waste Management Act of 1977"

D.C. Code Ann. § 8-1301 et seq.

The Law: The Act's purpose is to insure safe and effective hazardous waste management by establishing a program that regulates the generation, storage, transport, treatment, and disposal of hazardous wastes and the fuel produced from and containing hazardous wastes. Due to the threat to public health and safety it is the policy of the District that the generation and release of such substances be reduced and/or eliminated.

Permits: The Act makes it unlawful to own, construct, substantially alter, or operate a hazardous waste facility or participate in hazardous waste storage, transport, treatment, etc. without a permit issued by the Mayor for the facility, site, or activity. The terms of the permit require the holder to take corrective actions necessary to protect human health and the environment and may not extend beyond ten years and may encompass a fee. If it would result in financial hardship to comply with the permit and public health and welfare would not be endangered, it may be possible to obtain a variance of no more than 180 days. See D.C. Code Ann. §§ 8-1303 and 8-1306. For provisions regarding suspension or revocation of a permit, see D.C. Code Ann. § 8-1309.

Inspections: The Mayor may upon, presenting the appropriate credentials to the owner, operator, or agent in charge of a hazardous waste facility, inspect the facility at any reasonable time and manner within reasonable limits. This includes entering, inspecting, obtaining samples, copying records, etc.

Cross Reference: See the federal Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984, 42 U.S.C. § 6924 et seq.; Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendment Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2021d et seq.

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