Illinois the 20th State to Adopt RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements

Posted on 1/21/2019 by Roger Marks and Anthony Cardno, CHMM

In December, Illinois became the latest state to adopt US EPA’s new, stricter hazardous waste requirements. The Land of Lincoln joins a growing list of states that have now adopted the revised regulations, promulgated under US EPA’s Generator Improvements Rule.

All 50 states MUST adopt the elements of the “Generator Improvements Rule” that are more stringent than the previous rules.

Join Lion in Chicago to learn the new RCRA rules when the RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Workshop comes to the Windy City on April 8–9, 2019.

RCRA compliance requirements that are more stringent under the Generator Improvements Rule, which all states must adopt, include:
  • Adding a re-notification requirement for small quantity generators.
  • New standards for marking hazardous waste containers.
  • Expanded contingency planning requirements.
Revisions that provide new relief for generators, which states have the option to adopt, include:
  • New allowance for consolidating waste from very small quantity generators (VSQGs).
  • Reliefs for episodic hazardous waste generation events like a lab cleanout, spill, etc.
  • A streamlined process for waivers to the “50-foot rule” for ignitable wastes.

Has My State Adopted the Generator Improvements Rule Yet?

Check the map below to see if your state has adopted the RCRA Generator Improvements Rule yet. 

19 states (and Puerto Rico) have now adopted EPA’s Generator Improvements Rule:
Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.

We anticipate that these states will adopt all or part of the Generator Improvements Rule in 2019:
Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.  

As for the remaining states, stay tuned to Lion News for updates:
Arkansas, California, Maine, Missouri, North Dakota, New York, Texas, and Washington DC.


EPA keeps an updated map on its website here. 

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