Compliance assurance achieved through a tiered approach: education, certification, assistance, monitoring and enforcement.
Over 2,200 New Hampshire businesses and organizations generate approximately 12 million pounds of hazardous waste annually. When not managed properly, hazardous waste can cause significant harm to public health and the environment.
NHDES works to ensure that hazardous wastes are managed safely and in accordance with the laws and rules established to protect the public.
The primary function of the NHDES hazardous waste management programs is compliance assurance, which is achieved through a tiered approach: education/ outreach, generator certification, compliance assistance, compliance monitoring and enforcement.
Our hazardous waste programs implement these through activities such as:
- Certification courses and self-certification documentation.
- Responding to a Hazardous Waste Helpline.
- Inspecting business and government entities to assess compliance with hazardous waste and used oil regulations.
The Hazardous Waste Compliance Section conducts inspections of hazardous waste generators and can provide a limited degree of on-site technical assistance to the regulated community. There are also Hazardous Waste Coordinator Certifications for full quantity generators, and a self-certification program for small quantity generators. Used oil generators are also assisted with guidance from this section.
The Permitting Section provides engineering support, and reviews and processes applications for all hazardous waste permits, including Treatment/ Storage/ Disposal Facility, Transfer Facility, Limited Permits and Emergency Permits.
Notification of activity, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste is all managed by the NHDES Reporting and Information Management Section, along with an eManifest program managed by the EPA. NHDES provides guidance on reporting, transporting and eManifest.