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05/15/2017

RCRA Recycling for Scrap Metal Powders

A new EPA hazardous waste interpretation letter answers a question about whether or not “items consisting of scrap metal anodes, wires, pellets, pins, and powders” may be excluded from hazardous waste import/export requirements...

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04/24/2017

New RCRA Exclusions: Verified Recycler Reclamation

When US EPA promulgated changes to its definition of solid waste (DSW) on January 13, 2015, the Agency created a few new exclusions for certain hazardous secondary material reclamation. Today, we continue our examination of these new reliefs by focusing on the new RCRA “verified recycler” exclusion.  

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03/27/2017

New RCRA Exclusions: On-site Reclamation

When the EPA promulgated changes to its definition of solid waste on January 13, 2015, the Agency created a few new exclusions for certain hazardous secondary material reclamation. 

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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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07/28/2015

New RCRA DSW Rule Coming to Your State

Earlier this year, EPA issued a Final Rule that redefined "solid waste" to exclude many hazardous secondary materials—when recycled in certain ways—from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste management standards. The January 2015 Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rulemaking also changed other related portions of the RCRA regulations to clarify longstanding EPA policies for hazardous waste recycling...

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07/17/2015

EPA Issues Guidance for RCRA Notifications Under 2015 DSW Rule

 
US EPA this week published guidance to help hazardous waste generators meet their RCRA notification requirements under the 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Rule, in effect as of July 13, 2015. 
The 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Rule revised the exclusions from RCRA for recycled/recyclable hazardous secondary materials that were added to the hazardous waste regulations in 2008. The rule also adds requirements that generators and third-party recyclers must follow in order to qualify for regulatory relief...

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05/26/2015

Tips for Managing Commercial Chemical Products

At manufacturing and industry sites, commercial chemical products (CCPs) like degreasers, cleaning products, solvents, acids, and more are often crucial to production. When these products are abandoned, though, property damage and harm to employees can result from leaks, spills, volatilization, fires, or explosions. Because of these dangers, abandoned CCPs are regulated as solid waste under US EPA rules...

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04/15/2015

EPA Removes Major Exclusions from RCRA

On April 8, 2015, US EPA made two significant revisions to its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. The revisions—related to the comparable fuels and gasification rules—are effective immediately...

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02/24/2015

Recycling, Reusing, and Reclaiming Hazardous Waste

EPA's new Definition of Solid Waste Final Rule makes major changes to the recycling provisions of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Understanding the requirements for recycling, reusing, and reclaiming your site's hazardous waste is critical, especially for EHS and shipping professionals who sign the Hazardous Waste Manifest...

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12/24/2014

EPA’s New Definition of Solid Waste Rule

On December 10, 2014, US EPA signed a Final Rule to revise many of the recycling provisions associated with the “definition of solid waste” (DSW). The long-awaited Final Rule revises the exclusions from RCRA for recycled/recyclable hazardous secondary materials that were added to the hazardous waste regulations in 2008... 

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