Compliance Archives - April 2015
Treatment Standards for Hazardous Waste DebrisIn the RCRA "cradle-to-grave" management system for hazardous waste, the "grave" refers to one of three options: useful recycling, diversion to wastewater treatment discharge, or permanent disposal in a landfill or via incinerator. To dispose of hazardous waste in a landfill, generators must first ensure the waste is treated to reduce the concentration and mobility of hazardous constituents. The rules for treating hazardous waste to acceptable levels before disposal are known as land disposal restrictions (LDRs) and can be found at 40 CFR Part 268...
Challenges for IMDG Hazmat Shipping PapersIn most cases, hazmat/dangerous goods shipments must be accompanied by a shipping paper when transported by ground, air, vessel, or rail. While the US DOT oversees all domestic hazmat shipments, the 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) authorize shippers to follow the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code when offering hazmat for vessel transport...
EPA Removes Major Exclusions from RCRAOn 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...
EPA May Expand RCRA Classification of CorrosivesUS EPA is now under pressure to respond to a lawsuit challenging the Agency’s standard for characterizing corrosive hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. The lawsuit requests two major changes to the current RCRA standard that would broaden the scope of materials that are characterized as corrosive hazardous waste. This major shift has the potential to bring new facilities and materials under the purview of the US EPA hazardous waste enforcement program.
Using and Inspecting Ladders at WorkDuring workplace inspections last year, Fall Protection noncompliance was the single most common OSHA violation, according to the annual Top Ten List of Violations. Falls from elevated work areas are a major contributor to workplace injuries and fatalities, and the leading cause of death in the construction industry...
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