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01/23/2012

RCRA Biennial Reporting

Large quantity generators and all facilities which treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste must file a report on their waste handling activities with the EPA (or authorized state agency) by March 1 of each even-numbered year. Small and conditionally exempt generators are excluded from...

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12/27/2011

RCRA State Authorization

Did you know that each U.S. state can enforce its own hazardous waste program and that each State program is unique and can vary from Federal standards?
 
When Congress first gave the U.S. EPA authority to regulate hazardous waste in the United States (the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976), they included provisions for...

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12/08/2011

EPA Guidance Document: How Do I Keep My RCRA Waste Containers "Closed"?

Whether it is your 90-day storage area, your 180-day storage area, or your satellite accumulation area, all containers that contain hazardous waste must remain “closed,” except when adding or removing waste [40 CFR 265.173(a)].
 
The word “closed” is...

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11/22/2011

Feature Article: Find Out More About Hazardous Waste Regulations

The Resource Conservation Recovery Act Is a Complex Law
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act is a complex law that serves as the Federal basis for waste management everywhere in the country. Only a small part of the Act (Subtitle C) covers hazardous waste, and then only in broad strokes.
Understanding the law is not enough....

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10/26/2011

Feature Article: Waste Minimization Plans: Requirements, Benefits, & Strategies

The Manifest Signature
When you sign a hazardous waste manifest, you are promising two things. One that you have followed all of the Department of Transportation’s regulations for packaging and shipping hazardous materials. And two, that you are minimizing your waste...

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09/28/2011

Question of the Week: Mixing Used Oil & Hazardous Waste

Q. If I have some used oil and mix it with hazardous waste, can I still manage it as used oil? Or is the whole mixture now a hazardous waste?
 
A. The answer is, it depends. Some mixtures of hazardous waste and used oil must be managed as...

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08/26/2011

EPA Extends Comment Period for Solid Waste Rule

August 26, 2011: At 76 FR 53376, in response to several requests from the regulated community, including the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Precious Metals Producers, and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc., the EPA extended the comment period for the proposed rule on the definition of solid waste published in...

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08/24/2011

Regulatory Review Plans

In January of this year President Obama ordered all of the regulatory agencies to create systems to periodically review and improve federal regulations (E.O. 13563 Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review).
 
On Tuesday August 23, the White House announced the release of all final regulatory reform plans...

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08/23/2011

Question of the Week: CESQG & Waste Disposal

Q. I am a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) of hazardous waste. What requirements do I have to meet when disposing of my waste?
 
A. The EPA provides significant relief for CESQGs at 40 CFR 261.5. In order to be exempt from most of the RCRA hazardous waste regulations, most CESQGs need to do three things...

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08/17/2011

Can CESQGs Use the Materials of Trade Rule?

Q. I work in an R&D laboratory doing quality testing for a manufacturing plant at the other end of town. We are a conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) of hazardous waste, mostly ignitable spent solvents.
 
Our corporate EH&S specialist says we can use the Materials of Trade (MOT) rule to haul our hazardous waste across...

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