New York Prepares Major Hazardous Waste Regulation Revisions

Posted on 2/7/2020 by Roger Marks

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (NY DEC) is preparing to adopt major changes to the RCRA hazardous waste regulations finalized since 2012.
In order to maintain authorization to implement and enforce hazardous waste regulations, every state must adopt all changes to RCRA that make the regulations more stringent. When EPA adds a new relief or less-stringent requirement to the Federal RCRA regulations, states can choose to adopt these (or not).

What Hazardous Waste Regs Will New York Change?

The changes to New York’s hazardous waste requirements will impact Title 6 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations (6 NYCRR) Parts 372—376. 

New RCRA requirements and reliefs that New York plans to adopt soon include the following:
  • RCRA Generator Improvements Rule
  • Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule
  • Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine
  • EPA’s Definition of Solid Waste (DSW), as amended in January 2015
  • Solvent Contaminated Wipes Rule
  • Adding Aerosol Cans to the Universal Waste Regulations
  • Modernization of Ignitable Liquid Determinations 
  • Hazardous Waste electronic manifest (e-Manifest) requirements
  • Hazardous Waste Export-Import Revisions
  • Safe Management of Recalled Airbags
  • Carbon Dioxide Sequestration Rule
  • Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities
Be ready when New York adopts all of these significant changes to their hazardous waste rules. Lion’s RCRA Hazardous Waste Management and New York Hazardous Waste Management workshops return to the Empire State in June 2020.  

Of the updates listed above, the RCRA Generator Improvements Rule may be the most significant. It is arguably of the most substantive hazardous waste rulemakings EPA has promulgated since the 1980s. In addition to a wholesale re-organization of the RCRA regulations, the Generator Improvements Rule created more stringent requirements for contingency planning, container labels, hazardous waste recordkeeping, and much more.

State-Initiated Changes to NY Hazardous Waste Rules  

In addition to the new Federal requirements, New York may include state-initiated changes in their forthcoming proposal. These include:
  • Secondary containment requirements for liquid hazardous waste;
  • Revisions to the used oil management requirements;
  • Updated rules for managing paint waste and waste solar panels; and
  • Changes related to classification or permit modifications
 New York will hold public meetings to throughout the state on the hazardous waste regulations under consideration. Meetings will be held in Rochester, NYC, Yonkers, Hauppauge, and Rensselaer. Find the public meeting near you.  

New York Hazardous Waste Training

In June 2020, Lion will present expert-led hazardous waste training for generators in New York.
These workshops will cover any and all updates that will impact your responsibilities under Federal and State hazardous waste regulations. Reserve your seat now to keep your expertise up to date and avoid civil penalties for RCRA violations now as high as $75, 867 per day, per violation. 
See the full schedules of upcoming workshops:
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