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Wastes Specifically Excluded from RCRA


Hazardous Waste Regulations: User-Friendly Reference Documents

EPA excludes certain solid wastes from the definition of hazardous waste. If a material meets an exclusion from the definition of hazardous waste, it cannot be a hazardous waste, even if the material technically meets a listing or exhibits a characteristic.

40 CFR 261.4 Exclusions
(40 CFR §261.4(b) Solid Wastes Which Are Not Hazardous Waste)

Key Resources

Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste 40 CFR §261.4(b): Exclusions: Solid Wastes which are Not Hazardous Wastes. A User- Friendly Reference Document, October 2009 (PDF) (23 pp, 269K, About PDF)

RCRA Training Module - Solid and Hazardous Waste Exclusions (PDF) (29 pp, 87K, About PDF) - describes wastes that meet the RCRA definitions of solid and hazardous wastes are specifically excluded or exempted from the hazardous waste regulations (e.g., some oil and gas exploration and mining wastes and some hazardous wastes that can be recycled).

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