Texas to Start Adopting RCRA Generator Improvements This Summer
The announcement appeared on page 3 of the TCEQ I&HW Quarterly Highlights update for Spring 2018. TCEQ estimates a rulemaking to adopt some or all of the provisions of EPA’s Generator Improvements Rule will take between 12 and 18 months to complete.
Enrollment now open: Meet RCRA and TCEQ training mandates when the RCRA and Hazardous & Industrial Waste Management Workshop comes to Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio in August 2018.
States authorized to oversee their own hazardous waste compliance and enforcement programs—including Texas and most other states—must maintain regulations that are at least as stringent as the Federal RCRA requirements.
What, Exactly, Is Texas Going to Adopt?
Given that requirement, Texas must adopt the elements of the new EPA rules that are more stringent than the current 30 TAC State hazardous waste rules.
More-stringent elements include:
- Re-notification requirement for small quantity generators.
- New labeling requirements for hazardous waste containers.
- Expanded contingency planning requirements.
- The option to consolidate waste from very small quantity generators (VSQGs).
- New reliefs for episodic hazardous waste generation (lab cleanout, spills, etc.).
- Streamlined process for waivers to the 50-foot rule for ignitable wastes.
Read more about the updates in EPA’s Generator Improvements Rule here.
Texas will join a growing list of states now adopting these updated RCRA hazardous waste requirements. Most recently, Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia adopted the new rules into their State regulatory codes. The adoption of the more-stringent provisions is not optional—all US states (save for Alaska and Iowa, whose programs are overseen by US EPA) must incorporate them into their State programs.
State Adoption of the Generator Improvements Rule
States have one to two years from the effective date (May 30, 2017) to adopt the RCRA updates. In addition to the three states named above, Georgia, Utah, Kentucky, and Idaho have also adopted the new rules.
In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, meanwhile, the state hazardous waste code is written in a way that “automatically” adopts revisions to the Federal program meaning that the Generator Improvements Rule is already in effect in those states as well.
Stay up to speed with the latest requirements for hazardous waste generators in Texas, including new Federal standards soon to be incorporated. Join an expert Lion instructor and other managers and EHS professionals from the Lone Star State to simplify hazardous and industrial waste compliance and get up to date with both the Federal and state rules you must know to stay in compliance.
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