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Major Grocery Chain to Pay $3.5M for RCRA Violations

Posted on 9/20/2016 by Roger Marks

A major US grocery chain faces a $3,500,000 civil penalty from US EPA for alleged violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations.
 
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.

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US EPA’s Evolving Hazardous Waste Rules for Retail

This 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:  

Read more about EPA’s plans for addressing hazardous waste generated at retail facilities on the EPA Connect blog.

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