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Texas to Start Adopting RCRA Generator Improvements This Summer

Posted on 6/28/2018 by Roger Marks

shutterstock_101522836.jpgIn Summer 2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Office of Industrial and Hazardous Waste (I&HW) will begin the internal process of adopting EPA’s “Generator Improvements” into Texas’ I&HW regulations.

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.

What, Exactly, Is Texas Going to Adopt?

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.

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.
Longhorn_Steer.jpgLess-stringent elements of the new EPA RCRA hazardous waste rules, i.e., rules that have bene relaxed and which Texas may choose to adopt or not, include:
  • 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.
Are you a RCRA guru? Lion will present the Advanced Hazardous Waste Management Workshop in Texas this year, on October 26 in Dallas and November 1 in Houston. Discover new strategies to minimize the waste your site generates and use your RCRA expertise to save your business time and money. 

Read more about the updates in EPA’s Generator Improvements Rule here.

State Adoption of the Generator Improvements Rule

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 Drum_Storage_Employees_Manager.jpgIowa, whose programs are overseen by US EPA) must incorporate them into their State programs.
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.

Be Ready for New RCRA Rules in Texas!

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.

Catch Federal and State hazardous waste training in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas in August. 

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