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In its Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, signed for publication in the Federal Register on October 28, 2016, US EPA clarified a key piece of enforcement policy. In the preamble to the Final Rule, EPA draws a distinction between the “independent requirements” of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the “conditions for exemption” in the RCRA rules.

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To properly manage the waste your site generates, you must first determine if that waste is considered hazardous under EPA's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). In order to determine whether a solid waste is hazardous under RCRA, you may need to go above and beyond your knowledge of the material by running tests or analyzing data. [40 CFR 262.11]...

How-to-Prepare-for-a-RCRA-Hazardous-Waste-Inspecti

Hazardous waste inspections can happen any time and knowing what to expect is crucial to make sure a knock at your door doesn't send you scrambling at the last second. Knowing your responsibilities and keeping your site in full compliance has never been more crucial; EPA recently raised the maximum civil penalty for hazardous waste noncompliance from $37,500 to $70,117 per day, per violation...

What-EHS-Pros-Should-Know-for-Summer-2016

Summer 2016 will bring major changes for hazmat shippers, hazardous waste professionals, and safety managers nationwide. Below is a quick snapshot of some major compliance updates, deadlines, and new rulemakings to be aware of now that beach season is officially underway!

How-to-Manage-Aerosol-Cans-Under-RCRA-Hazardous-Wa

Aerosol cans are a common waste product of modern industry and commerce. They contain paint, lubricants, glues, pesticides, and many other chemicals that may be hazardous—not to mention the propellant that makes the can spray, which itself may be hazardous. The wide variety of aerosol cans at a typical facility, the different products they contain, and other unique qualities make aerosols a challenge to manage under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste requirements...

Universal-Waste-Rules-Not-So-Universal

As is the case with most environmental requirements, the EPA encourages each US state to develop and run its own hazardous waste management program. Each authorized state may create unique hazardous waste regulations that are more stringent than the US EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requirements, but may not have rules that are less stringent than RCRA’s. For a prime example of how Federal and State hazardous waste rules may differ, we can turn to California and the unique rules for managing universal waste that its Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has created...

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