Major Grocery Chain to Pay $3.5M for RCRA Violations
According to an EPA press release, the grocer failed to properly identify and handle hazardous waste at facilities in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. More specifically, EPA alleges that the company mishandled spent lamps, which are regulated as universal waste under RCRA.
In addition to the seven-figure civil penalty, the company will fund a supplemental environmental project (SEP) to educate other retailers about hazardous waste compliance, at a cost of $500,000.
Read the full EPA press release here.
US EPA’s Evolving Hazardous Waste Rules for RetailThis RCRA enforcement announcement comes as US EPA is developing a strategy to simplify the hazardous waste requirements for retail businesses.
In addition to EPA’s “RCRA Generator Improvements Rule,” which will make major updates to the structure and requirements of the hazardous waste regulations and is expected this fall, EPA is also exploring:
- New rules for managing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals
- Standards for managing retail products like aerosol cans and electronics as universal waste
- Guidance for retailers and hazardous waste generators who manage aerosol cans
- Creating standards for “reverse distribution” of hazardous wastes from retail facilities
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