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06/04/2019

New RCRA Rule: Contingency Plan Quick Reference Guide

A new recordkeeping requirement added in EPA's Generator Improvments Rule goes above and beyond what was traditionally required for large quantity generators. See the eight items that must be included in your contingency plan quick reference guide now required under 40 CFR 262.262(b). 

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05/24/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/28

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, a family-owned dairy farm will pay over $89,000 for Clean Air Act and EPCRA vioations. Plus, an industrial lumber facility faces $320,000 in Clean Water Act violations.

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05/22/2019

California to List Solar Panels Under State Universal Waste Regulations

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control  plans to add end-of-life photovoltaic modules, also known as solar panels, to the State universal waste regulations, declassifying most PV modules from their current hazardous waste designation.

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05/20/2019

RCRA Update: Where is the Generator Improvements Rule in Effect Now?

When EPA creates new rules that are more stringent than previous regulations, as is the case with many of the updates in the landmark 2016 Generator Improvements Rule, all states must adopt the more-stringent provisions in order to maintain authorization to run their state program.  

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05/13/2019

RCRA vs. HAZWOPER: What's the Difference?

If I send my employee to a HAZWOPER training course, will it cover their annual RCRA hazardous waste personnel training?

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05/07/2019

4 Disasters that Shaped US Environmental Policy

This summer, we will observe the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Fire of 1969. In fact, this year represents anniversary dates for four major environmental disasters that greatly influenced environmental policy in the United States.

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04/29/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/30

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, regulated businesses will pay civil penalties for Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act violations and a manufacturer settles with EPA for $16.2 million in Superfund cleanup costs. 

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04/25/2019

Hazardous Chemicals Linked to Cancer Found at Illegal NJ Dump Site

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently found dangerous levels of hazardous chemicals at an unlicensed solid-waste facility in Vernon, NJ. The staggering seven-story dirt pile that had allegedly been operating as an illegal dump site has recently come under increased scrutiny.

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04/15/2019

EPA to Modernize Ignitable Hazardous Waste Characterization Under RCRA

On April 2, 2019, US EPA proposed a rule to modernize its regulations for characterizing ignitable hazardous wastes.  

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04/08/2019

How to Use the New RCRA Relief for Episodic Events

One topic in the Generator Improvements Rule that may benefit many generators is episodic generation. It allows certain types of generators to maintain a “lower” generator status, even if they have an “episode” of waste generation that would normally push them into a higher generator status.

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