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06/22/2018

California to Update Underground Storage Tank Program

At a June 5 Board meeting, the California State Water Board proposed bolstering California’s Underground Storage Tank program requirements to bring the State program up to date with revised Federal UST rules. US EPA revised its UST program (40 CFR 280) in July 2015. The new EPA UST requirements take full effect in October 2018.

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04/16/2018

3 Ways to Ship Hazardous Waste in California

Hazardous wastes that do not require a manifest under the Federal RCRA program are not hazardous wastes in US DOT’s eyesDoes this mean that you can ignore DOT’s 49 CFR hazmat rules when shipping a non-RCRA hazardous waste? Not exactly.  

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03/13/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/13

This week’s EPA Enforcement Roundup comes to you from the Golden State, and starts with a reminder for retail facilities that manage regulated hazardous wastes or universal wastes, especially in California: Investigators and State attorneys continue to “dumpster dive” in order to uncover environmental violations.  

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03/05/2018

Refinery Ordered to Move 6,000 Cubic Yards of Oil Bearing Materials

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on Friday ordered a California refinery to dispose of 329 dumpster-sized bins of oil bearing materials that DTSC says the owners accumulated speculatively on site.   

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12/08/2017

Cal DTSC Fines Cable Provider $9.5 Million for Hazardous Waste Violations

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has fined a major cable TV provider for alleged violations of California’s State hazardous waste standards.   

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11/16/2017

California Nearly Triples Hazardous Waste Penalties

Hazardous waste compliance mistakes in California could now cost facilities as much as $70,000 per day, per violation.

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10/06/2017

Changes Proposed to California’s Hazardous Waste Training Rules

​The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has proposed significant revisions to the state’s unique Title 22 hazardous waste facility permitting requirements.

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02/03/2017

TCLP or WET Method? Determining Hazardous Waste Toxicity

When hazardous waste is disposed of in a landfill, a small amount of the toxic constituents in the waste may “leach out” into the soil and groundwater. To mitigate the risks posed by chemicals seeping out of buried waste, US EPA requires generators to prove that the volume of hazardous substances that will “leach out” into the environmental is below thresholds set by US EPA. 

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12/08/2016

Tech Giant to Pay $450,000 for Hazardous Waste Violations

A major manufacturer of tech hardware and gadgets will pay $450,000 for hazardous waste violations in the state of California.

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10/31/2016

Federal Judge Halts California's Hazmat Rail Fee

On October 29, Union Pacific released a customer announcement stating that a Federal judge has issued an injunction to temporarily halt the implementation of California’s hazmat rail fee. Passed in August, the fee of $45 per rail car would apply to rail shipments of 25 specific hazardous materials commodities, including petroleum crude oil (UN 1267 and 1270), gasoline (UN 1203, 1993, and 3295), and liquefied petroleum gas or LPG (UN 1075 and 3161). 

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