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06/18/2015

DOT, EPA, and OSHA Post Spring Regulatory Agendas in Today’s Federal Register

Today’s Federal Register includes Semiannual Regulatory Agendas from the US Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Labor, and other major regulatory agencies.  Required under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, these Agendas list new and upcoming rulemaking activity that will affect hazmat shippers, hazardous waste generators, manufacturers, and industry employers...

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05/26/2015

Tips for Managing Commercial Chemical Products

At manufacturing and industry sites, commercial chemical products (CCPs) like degreasers, cleaning products, solvents, acids, and more are often crucial to production. When these products are abandoned, though, property damage and harm to employees can result from leaks, spills, volatilization, fires, or explosions. Because of these dangers, abandoned CCPs are regulated as solid waste under US EPA rules...

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04/28/2015

Treatment Standards for Hazardous Waste Debris

In the RCRA "cradle-to-grave" management system for hazardous waste, the "grave" refers to one of three options: useful recycling, diversion to wastewater treatment discharge, or permanent disposal in a landfill or via incinerator. To dispose of hazardous waste in a landfill, generators must first ensure the waste is treated to reduce the concentration and mobility of hazardous constituents. The rules for treating hazardous waste to acceptable levels before disposal are known as land disposal restrictions (LDRs) and can be found at 40 CFR Part 268... 

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04/13/2015

EPA May Expand RCRA Classification of Corrosives

US EPA is now under pressure to respond to a lawsuit challenging the Agency’s standard for characterizing corrosive hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. The lawsuit requests two major changes to the current RCRA standard that would broaden the scope of materials that are characterized as corrosive hazardous waste. This major shift has the potential to bring new facilities and materials under the purview of the US EPA hazardous waste enforcement program.  

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03/31/2015

Hazmat and RCRA Testing Requirements for Training

When planning your team's hazmat shipping or RCRA hazardous waste training, one important element to consider is testing. Is a test required to meet the training standard? If so, what kind of test must students complete and how should it be administered? As is often the case with regulatory questions, the answer is: "It depends"...

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03/24/2015

State Differences for Universal Wastes

Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), each US state may develop and enforce its own hazardous waste management program in lieu of the Federal EPA program. Every state has done so, except for Alaska and Iowa...

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02/24/2015

Recycling, Reusing, and Reclaiming Hazardous Waste

EPA's new Definition of Solid Waste Final Rule makes major changes to the recycling provisions of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Understanding the requirements for recycling, reusing, and reclaiming your site's hazardous waste is critical, especially for EHS and shipping professionals who sign the Hazardous Waste Manifest...

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01/27/2015

Pre-Transport Requirements for Hazardous Waste

Generators large and small commonly start their accumulation of hazardous waste at the point of generation under the satellite option at 40 CFR 262.34(c), moving the container to their central storage (i.e., 90-day or 180-day) area once it's full. In these instances, the container becomes subject to different communication requirements...

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12/30/2014

Top 10 Compliance Articles of 2014

For the annual year-end edition, we've collected ten of the most popular articles from 2014, covering the major happenings that may have affected your facility. From new rulemakings and requirements to tips on inspections and help planning for next year, these compliance articles stood above the rest...

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12/24/2014

EPA’s New Definition of Solid Waste Rule

On December 10, 2014, US EPA signed a Final Rule to revise many of the recycling provisions associated with the “definition of solid waste” (DSW). The long-awaited Final Rule revises the exclusions from RCRA for recycled/recyclable hazardous secondary materials that were added to the hazardous waste regulations in 2008... 

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