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07/26/2011

EPA Proposes Revised Definition of Solid Waste

Today, the Federal Register published the EPA’s latest attempt to redefine solid waste in a way that safeguards public health and the environment while also promoting the recycling of hazardous materials.
 
Today’s rule proposal was first announced over a week ago when Administrator Jackson signed the proposal just in time to comply with a consent decree between...

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07/11/2011

The Spring 2011 Regulatory Agenda: EPA

On July 7, 2011, Federal regulatory agencies published their semiannual regulatory agendas and regulatory plans as required under the Regulatory Flexibility Act [5 U.S.C. 602]. The agenda is where agencies summarize all current or projected rulemakings and review existing regulations and completed actions. While the detailed agendas are no longer published in the Federal Register....

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07/06/2011

EPA Proposes Modifications to 2008 Definition of Solid Waste Rule

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed rule to modify the 2008 Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule. The DSW rule had been intended to promote recycling of “hazardous secondary materials.” The EPA’s proposed modifications are in response to concerns raised by the Sierra Club and other environmental groups through various court actions...

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06/30/2011

Question of the Week: Classifying Aerosol Can Waste

Q. Are aerosol cans considered to be a D003 simply because they are pressurized?
 
A. When it comes to waste identification, it is the responsibility of the generator to make a waste determination based on all aspects of the material (40 CFR 262.11). RCRA programs in some authorized states simplify your waste classification process and declare that each and every aerosol can...

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06/13/2011

EPA Modifies LDRs for Carbamates

Today, the EPA published a direct final rule (76 FR 34147) and proposal (76 FR 34200) on LDRs for “Carbamate” production wastes and commercial chemical products containing carbamates. As existing test methods are inadequate, and it is difficult to determine the concentration of carbamates at the limits specified for land disposal, this rule modifies...

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06/06/2011

Homeland Security Announces Regulatory Review Plan

In today’s Federal Register (76 FR 32331), the Department of Homeland Security announced its Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Review of Existing Regulations, pursuant to Executive Order 13563. The plan was developed in part from the public input solicited by DHS in the Federal Register on March 14, 2011, “Reducing Regulatory Burden; Retrospective Review Under Executive...

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05/24/2011

Question of the Week: Using a Mass Balance Approach for RCRA Tanks

Q. Does a hazardous waste storage tank need to be emptied every 90 days (or 180 days), or can a ”mass balance approach” be taken?
 
A. EPA stated in the January 11, 1982 issue of the Federal Register (47 FR 1250) that generators must remove all wastes from the tank within...

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04/29/2011

Question of the Week: Recycling Lead Batteries: Part 266 vs. Part 273

Q. EPA gives several options for managing spent lead-acid batteries. What is the benefit of choosing Universal Waste management rules versus the lead-acid battery rules in 40 CFR 266? 
 
A. Spent lead-acid batteries are exempt from the hazardous waste regulations and do not count towards a generator’s status determination as long as the generator follows either...

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03/22/2011

Question of the Week: Determining Generator Status

If your facility generates hazardous waste, it’s important to count how much you generate each month. The amount of waste you generate determines your “generator status.” And, generator status decides which rules for waste management and disposal apply to you...

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02/22/2011

Question of the Week: Determining Significant Waste Codes

Q. When I send my hazardous waste to the treatment facility for disposal, they charge me separately for each waste code I report. Since I know some of the treatment standards overlap, is there anyway to avoid the expense and hassle of double-treating my hazardous waste? A. There are different reasons for recording and communicating waste codes (e.g. manifests, LDRs, etc.) It is likely that you are...

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