Scrap Metal Recycler Convicted of Multiple Felonies for Hazardous Waste Violations
Storing hazardous waste without a permit from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is a violation of HSC Division 20, Chapter 6.5. In addition, the defendant was charged with illegal depositing of hazardous waste in violation of CA Penal Code 374.8(B) and illegal disposal of hazardous waste in violation of HSC 25189.5(B).
See the full felony compliant here.
Read DTSC's news release about the conviction here.
Are CRTs Hazardous Waste?Found in tube-based televisions and early computer monitors, cathode ray tubes (CRTs) can contain lead, zinc, cadmium, copper, and other phosphorus metals. CRT storage and disposal is regulated in some form under both Federal and State hazardous and universal waste requirements.
Facilities that generate hazardous waste in California are responsible for compliance not just with unique, stringent hazardous waste rules found in Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), but also provisions of State law found in the Health and Safety Code. California’s environmental requirements are stricter and more complex than Federal US EPA regulations, and understanding the State rules is critical to avoid penalties and, as seen here, even jail time.
What Is Universal Waste?The US EPA’s RCRA hazardous waste rules provide some relief for certain kinds of common wastes generated by businesses, like batteries, certain pesticides, mercury-containing equipment, and light bulbs or “lamps.” These wastes may be managed outside of some of the more burdensome requirements of Federal and State regulations.
Many states develop unique requirements for universal waste, and keeping track of both Federal and State requirements can be a challenge. California, for example, has expanded on US EPA’s definition of universal waste to include other common wastes—including CRTs and aerosol cans. To read more about how State universal waste rules can differ from the Federal RCRA requirements, read Universal Waste Rules: Not So Universal.
California DTSC released importance guidance regarding universal waste late last year.
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