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12/22/2015

The Biennial Report for RCRA Hazardous Waste Generators

It's that time of year again! The Biennial Report form (8700-13A/B) must be submitted to your authorized State agency or EPA regional office by March 1 of every even-numbered year. You'll report on the previous year's (2015) generation, management, and final disposition of hazardous waste regulated under RCRA. See 40 CFR 262.41(a)...

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12/16/2015

Hazardous Waste ID Mistakes Lead to $26M Fine for Cable Provider

The Attorney General of California has issued a decision to fine a major cable company nearly $26 million for violating Federal and State hazardous waste regulations. The company manages many wastes regulated as hazardous under the State Health and Safety Code (HSC)—from electronic equipment like cable boxes, modems, and remote controls to batteries, lamps, and scrap metal; as well as products like adhesives, paints, lighter fluid, and lubricants. 

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12/16/2015

EPA Hazardous Waste Office Changes Name

The US EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) has a new name. The office—which is responsible for implementing a number of EPA’s environmental programs—will from here on out be known as the Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM). Among the responsibilities of this office is the development of hazardous waste standards and regulations.

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12/14/2015

Texas Proposes Adopting New RCRA Hazardous Waste Rules

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has proposed amendments to its hazardous waste management requirements to match changes US EPA made to its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program in 2014 and 2015.

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11/24/2015

Know Your Hazardous Waste Satellite Rules

While the word "satellite" isn't mentioned in the hazardous waste regulations at 40 CFR 262.34(c), this is the term commonly used to refer to the rules that allow generators to manage hazardous waste at or near the point where waste initially accumulates. The satellite rules, also known as the "point-of-generation" rules, occupy only a few paragraphs and are open to a wide array of interpretation by inspectors and nuanced differences when codified by State RCRA programs...

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10/27/2015

Control Your Chemical Inventory

One of the primary objectives of the US EPA's major hazardous waste program, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), is to conserve valuable materials and energy sources by reducing, reusing, and recycling. The "three Rs" are not just a catch phrase; they're an official national policy in the United States enacted by Congress. In the US, whenever feasible, the waste generation is to be reduced or eliminated. [42 USC 6902(b)]...

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10/26/2015

Now On Demand: Webinars on Newly Proposed RCRA Rules

In October, US EPA finalized two hazardous waste rules that will affect how facilities nationwide manage waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). To help site managers and personnel prepare for the changing EPA standards, Lion presented two free, private webinars for Lion Members on October 19 and 20... 

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10/16/2015

New Universal Waste Bill Signed in California

On October 2, 2015, the Governor of California approved legislation to amend the California Health & Safety Code (HSC). Among the amendments is a very important development for hazardous waste generators in the state...

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10/02/2015

Fertilizer Maker Settles $2 Billion RCRA Case with US EPA

A fertilizer maker with facilities in Florida and Louisiana settled an enforcement case with US EPA with a total value reported at about $2 billion, EPA reported on October 1.

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09/29/2015

EPA Reports Progress on Hazardous Waste E-Manifests

On October 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act into law. The Act requires EPA to establish and implement an IT system to track hazardous waste shipments in lieu of the current paper-based system. Once developed, the system will allow users to create and transmit manifests electronically...

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