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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Hazardous Waste Compliance Section
Hazardous Waste Emergency Permit

Provides timely authorization to treat hazardous waste in response to a specific, unexpected incident that NHDES determines may cause an imminent and substantial hazard to human health or the environment.

May be issued for a non-permitted facility to treat, store or dispose of hazardous waste; or for a permitted facility to treat, store or dispose of hazardous waste not covered by an existing permit. Most permits are issued to hazardous waste generators to allow treatment of a hazardous waste that is too dangerous to transport in its current condition.

Statute and Administrative Rules
RSA 147-A:13 Hazardous Waste Management/Imminent Hazard
RSA 147-A:2, XVII Hazardous Waste Management/Definitions
Env-Hw 304.05 Permitting Hazardous Waste Facilities/Emergency Permits (Env-Hw 300 Permits)

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Processing Time
Immediate (if verbal), then followed by a written permit within five days. The Hazardous Waste Compliance Section considers an applicant request as high priority and expedites the response.

Term is 90 days from the date of issuance. Renewable when justified by site or extended response conditions.

Any changes to the original permit must be communicated immediately to Zachary Lorch at or (603) 271-5328 or the Hazardous Waste Hotline at (603) 271-2942. 

Not transferable.

Any person aggrieved by a final decision can appeal to the Waste Management Council in accordance with RSA 21-O:9.

Status of Current Applications
Zachary Lorch at or (603) 271-5328; or the Hazardous Waste Hotline at (603) 271-2942.

More Information
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Contact Us
Hazardous Waste Compliance Section or

Zachary Lorch at or (603) 271-5328.



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