HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SECTION
EPA’s electronic manifest system for tracking hazardous waste shipments has gone into effect nationwide. For more information, link to EPA’s e-manifest webpage: https://www.epa.gov/e-manifest
Generator Improvement Rule
EPA’s Generator Improvement Rule (GIR) is the first significant revision to the generator rule in more than 30 years. The rule provides for greater flexibility and clarity in waste management. For more information, link to EPA’s GIR webpage: https://www.epa.gov/hwgenerators/final-rule-hazardous-waste-generator-improvements. DEQ is developing compliance assistance material and a planned incorporation by reference rule notice to adopt these changes. We will keep you updated on the schedule for rule adoption.
If you have any questions about the GIR or e-Manifest, please don’t hesitate to contact the Hazardous Waste Program at (406) 444-5300.
Requesting Public Records and Information
Welcome to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Hazardous Materials Section of the Waste Management & Remediation Division. The Hazardous Materials Section provides expertise in hazardous waste management and is responsible for permitting, compliance assurance, and technical assistance for hazardous waste and used oil management in Montana. The two units in the Section are Regulatory and Permitting.
Service Provider Listings
You may view and/or print the following lists of available service providers:
For more information please contact the Hazardous Waste Section's Regional Regulatory Personnel.
The Regulatory Unit is responsible for regulating storage, treatment, transport, and disposal of hazardous waste and used oil for all hazardous waste handlers in the State of Montana. In addition, the Unit provides technical assistance to, and conducts inspections of, hazardous waste generators of all sizes throughout Montana. The State is divided into two coverage areas with one regulator assigned to each area. Persons who transport hazardous wastes are required to notify the DEQ and to obtain an identification number. Persons who generate hazardous waste (with certain exceptions) are required to maintain an annual generator registration and to pay a registration fee each year, in addition to obtaining an EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) identification number.
A permit from the DEQ is required to construct or operate a hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility in the State. Permits are issued to ensure hazardous waste facilities are operated in a manner that protects human health and the environment. Permits also require historical releases be cleaned up appropriately. This entails facility soil and groundwater investigations, risk assessments, and review of potential clean up remedies.