Regulatory Resources

Compliance with environmental regulations can be a challenge for retail given the complexity of the regulations, broad range of areas and operations that are covered, and variations in requirements by state and even local jurisdictions. The resources below help by providing an overview of regulations that apply in retail settings from air to hazardous waste to water. Resources are organized by regulatory area and store department. Fact sheets and matrices of state variations for selected regulations offer more detailed information on key regulations. 

Regulatory Areas

Air Regulations

Summary of air regulations in retail that cover air emissions from stationary and mobile sources.

Hazardous Waste Regulations

Informs retailers on the proper management and disposal or recycling of hazardous and universal wastes.

Other Regulated Waste

Discusses the storage, transportation, and disposal or recycling of non-hazardous solid wastes such as municipal waste, e-waste, and appliances.

Product Compliance and Toxins Regulations

Identifies major product areas regulated in retail by EPA or other agencies and the compliance issues that exist.

Storage Tanks Regulations

Concentrates on the regulations for environmental management of above ground and underground storage tanks.

Water Regulations

Coverage of environmental regulations related to water that may affect retailers.

Store Departments

Appliances and Electronics

Informs retailers of environmental and compliance issues related to retail sales and services of appliances and electronics.

Consumer Products

Environmental compliance issues surrounding the sale of consumer products like cleaning products, chemicals, and health & beauty products.

Gasoline and Fuel Dealers

Identifies the main environmental issues related to the management of petroleum products in retail gasoline and fuel stations.


Describes important compliance considerations for grocery store operations such as the sale of food products and household cleaning supplies.

Home Improvement

Describes the environmental issues surrounding retailers that sell products for home improvement, provide home repair or renovation services.


Identifies environmental issues unique to retail pharmacies, including the proper management and disposal of waste pharmaceuticals.

Store Operations

Describes a variety of environmental requirements for the operations side of retail such as HVAC, waste management, and emergency procedures.

Vehicles Sales, Maintenance and Products

Important compliance considerations for retail sales of all types of vehicles, vehicle service, and repair shops.

Fact Sheets

California Environmental Regulatory Structure Fact Sheet

A fact sheet providing the California specific environmental requirements for California retailers along with the trends in enforcement.

Emergency Generator Fact Sheet

A fact sheet detailing the basics of an emergency generator and the factors impacting regulatory compliance on the generators.

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act

Detailed fact sheet on the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the management, enforcement, and disposal of pesticides.

Lithium Batteries Fact Sheet

A fact sheet detailing regulations on transporting lithium batteries and the safety hazards of transporting lithium batteries.

Refrigerant Fact Sheet

Informational fact sheet on refrigerants and the regulations surrounding them which include requirements for sales, repairs, and record-keeping.

Volatile Organic Compounds Fact Sheet

Informational fact sheet on volatile organic compounds and the established regulations at the federal and state level.

Mandatory Recycling and Disposal Bans Fact Sheet

Fact sheet describing mandatory recycling and disposal bans most relevant to retail store operations and distribution centers

State Matrices

Emergency Generator Permitting Matrix

This matrix contains state permitting options for emergency generators.

Volatile Organic Compounds Matrix

Informational matrix detailing the regulations on Volatile Organic Compounds in different jurisdictions.

Bag Ban Summary

Provides an overview of consumer bag legislation across the U.S., by state and/or municipality, for both paper and plastic bags.

Spill Reporting

Informational matrix detailing the federal requirements for reporting the release of oil and hazardous substances in different jurisdictions.

Product Stewardship

This matrix covers state EPR or product stewardship legislation that ensures safe disposal of products and have requirements for retailers.


Compliance matrix that provides a detailed overview of legislation across the U.S. that requires retailers to manage waste electronic products.

Hazardous Waste Generator

Detailed matrix that tracks the state implementation of the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule.

Hazardous Waste Variations by State

Informational matrix detailing the Hazardous Waste Variations by State

Pharm Rule Document

Compliance matrix that provides an overview of pharmaceutical waste legislation across the United States.

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