EPA’s COVID Enforcement Policy Ends 8/31
In a memo released in late June, EPA announced that “…it is now appropriate to expressly include a provision in the temporary policy that covers termination of the temporary policy...”
The policy—under which EPA offered some leniency for noncompliance with routine testing, monitoring, sampling, lab analysis, training, and reporting obligations—applies retroactively starting on March 13, 2020.
Even while the policy remains in place, regulated facilities are expected to make every effort to comply with their environmental compliance obligations. In addition, facilities must report or keep records of any noncompliance with RCRA requirements or other routine obligations to inform EPA’s enforcement decisions.
Get your annual RCRA hazardous waste training at Lion’s next live RCRA Refresher webinar on July 28.
Policy for Hazardous Waste GeneratorsUnder the temporary COVID-19 enforcement policy, hazardous waste generators who are unable to transfer waste off-site within the required time periods (i.e., 90 or 180 days) can maintain their generator status and not be treated as treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs).
Under RCRA, US EPA requires annual training for hazardous waste personnel at large quantity generator facilities. For small quantity generators, training must be provided so that employees are “thoroughly familiar” with the RCRA hazardous waste regulations.
In its policy, EPA states that “many training classes are offered online and such online training generally should not be affected by travel and social distancing constraints.” That said, training is on the list of routine obligations for which enforcement discretion may be applied.
To qualify for enforcement discretion, hazardous waste generators are still required to properly label and store hazardous waste on site.
Start Online RCRA Training NowGet your annually required RCRA training and keep your expertise up to date! Join a Lion instructor for the RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Refresher Webinar on July 28, August 4, or August 18.
Or train at your own pace with the initial or refresher RCRA online courses.
RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Online Course
RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Refresher Online Course
Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, EPA, EPA Enforcement, RCRA Training
Find a Post
This is a very informative training compared to others. It covers everything I expect to learn and even a lot of new things.
Waste Management Professional
The instructor's energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the subject make the class a great learning experience!
One of the best trainings I have ever received!
The instructor was very knowledgeable and provided pertinent information above and beyond the questions that were asked.
The exercises in the DOT hazardous materials management course are especially helpful in evaluating your understanding of course information.
Principal Industrial Hygienist
Lion courses always set the bar for content, reference, and practical application. Membership and access to the experts is an added bonus.
John Brown, CSP
Director of Safety & Env Affairs
Having the tutorial buttons for additional information was extremely beneficial.
Lion was very extensive. There was a lot of things that were covered that were actually pertaining to what I do and work with. Great Job. I will be coming back in three years!
Hazmat Shipping Professional
I like the consistency of Lion workshops. The materials are well put together and instructors are top notch!
Permitting, Compliance & Environmental Manager
I have attended other training providers, but Lion is best. Lion is king of the hazmat jungle!!!
Hazardous Waste Technician
Download Our Latest Whitepaper
The definitive 10-step guide for new hazardous materials shipping managers. Quickly reference the major considerations and details that impact hazmat shipping compliance.