The Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau (WUTMB) regulates asbestos abatement control, hazardous waste generators, motor vehicle wrecking facilities, clandestine methamphetamine lab cleanup, septic pumpers, non-hazardous solid waste management facilities, underground storage tanks, and recycling activities. 

The bureau assures that the environment is adequately protected from the hazards of waste disposal and improper storage and distribution of petroleum fuels. Technical reviews, licensing, certifications, inspections, compliance monitoring, training and technical assistance achieve these functions. Waste management facilities include: non commercial hazardous waste sites, municipal landfills, construction demolition waste landfills, septic tank land application sites, and recycling activities. The bureau licenses and regulates motor vehicle wrecking facilities, including an administrative program which recycles automotive scrap metal. WUTMB prevents pollution by ensuring proper installation, operation and maintenance of underground storage tanks containing regulated substances. WUTMB also works with property owners, certified contractors and other public agencies to clean up clandestine methamphetamine labs.

Bureau Responsibilities

  • Permitting and compliance of asbestos abatement projects where asbestos containing materials are removed, transported, or disposed and licensing of persons who perform asbestos-related work such as asbestos abatement, inspection, project designing and management planning.
  • Oversee the approval and auditing of asbestos training course providers who train persons who conduct asbestos-related work.
  • Administer EPA's asbestos National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) which governs asbestos emission sources including building renovation and demolition activities and asbestos landfills.
  • Conduct inspections at businesses that generate hazardous waste and used oil to ensure compliance with management standards.  Provide technical assistance for those businesses to promote compliance.
  • Issue permits to facilities that treat, store or dispose of hazardous waste, including requirements to clean up past waste management practices.
  • Review and license motor wrecking facilities and junk vehicle graveyards.
  • Conduct inspections at motor vehicle wrecking facilities and junk vehicle graveyards and provide technical assistance to assure compliance.
  • Oversee county junk vehicle collection programs and administer a grant to fund the activities of the county programs.
  • Provide training and assistance for county junk vehicle program directors.
  • Reduce the volume and toxicity of solid wastes through source reduction, recycling, and composting.
  • Increase recycling rates by educating citizens, supporting local initiatives, and developing new markets for recyclable commodities within Montana.
  • Post known meth lab locations on a web site and work with property owners, contractors and local health officials to administer decontamination standards and procedures for the cleanup of indoor property contaminated by the clandestine manufacture of methamphetamine (meth).
  • Train and certify contractors and their employees to conduct methamphetamine lab assessment and/or remediation activities.
  • License septic tank pumpers and inspect disposal sites for septic tank and sump wastes.
  • Provide training for owners and operators of solid waste disposal facilities.
  • Conduct inspection of solid waste management facilities and provide technical assistance to maintain compliance.
  • Ensure that active underground storage tanks are properly operated and monitored for releases, conduct design reviews of underground storage tank installations.
  • Train and license compliance inspectors, installers and removers.


Other Contact Information
Contact the Enforcement Division with complaint and spill reports.
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