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09/21/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/21

In this week's Roundup, a Colorado cold storage facility pays over $150K to resolve alleged Clean Air Act Risk Management Plan violations. Plus, a wood treatment company in Maryland settles with EPA for $50K in alleged RCRA violations.

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09/01/2020

Point of Generation: When a Hazardous Waste Becomes a Waste

When does a material become a hazardous waste? While the phrase “point of generation” is used in the regulations, it is not clearly defined.. EPA has been reticent to codify any specific definition, in part because they realize that the decision is going to be based on a number of factors. So let’s explore those factors a little.

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08/25/2020

How to Sign the Hazardous Waste Manifest During COVID-19

On August 20, EPA announced updated guidance to assist generators, transporters, and designated facilities with signing the hazardous waste manifest amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

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08/17/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/17

In this week's Roundup, a Texas excavator will pay nearly $50K to resolve  alleged TCEQ and RCRA violations. Plus, a New England scrap metal processor has been cited for nearly $900K after allegedly emitting VOCs without a permit.

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07/30/2020

RCRA Re-Notification Reminder for SQGs

US EPA recently reminded hazardous waste facilities that, starting September 1, 2021, small quantity generators must re-notify EPA of their activities once every four years.  

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07/28/2020

Are These 3 RCRA Rules In Effect In Your State?

Update: On July 20, 2020, Louisiana became the 27th state to adopt EPA's RCRA hazardous waste Generator Improvements Rule. 

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07/27/2020

How Do We Define "Hazardous"? It Depends.

We explore how US DOT, EPA, and OSHA use the word hazardous to describe what they regulate, and why one definition just isn't enough.   

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07/15/2020

SoCal Metal Fabricator Pays $64K for Title 22 Violations

DTSC has issued a $64,350 penalty to a metalworking business in Lynwood, CA for alleged hazardous waste violations in the Golden State.

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07/13/2020

How to Get an EPA ID Number to Generate Hazardous Waste

This blog answers three common questions from hazardous waste generators concerning EPA notification and EPA ID numbers: Do we need an EPA ID number?; How do we get an EPA ID number?; and When and how do I notify and re-notify EPA of my hazardous waste activities?  

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07/07/2020

Spring 2020 Regulatory Agenda Published

The Spring 2020 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and De-regulatory Actions was released just before the July 4th holiday. 

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In 1995, US EPA passed the Universal Waste Rule, which created relaxed standards for managing common hazardous wastes like light bulbs, batteries, mercury-containing equipment, and more. While universal wastes are subject to less stringent regulations than “fully-regulated” hazardous wastes, there are still rules to follow to manage them properly. Use this guide to spot and correct common universal waste errors before they result in a notice of violation during a Federal or State inspection.

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4 Common Universal Waste Mistakes