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08/01/2019

California Glass Recycling Firm to Pay $1.2 Million for Battery Disposal Violations

A Sacramento-based glass recycler has reached a settlement with California regulators after a State investigation allegedly found the company illegally disposed of over 500,000 pounds of batteries.

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07/31/2019

RCRA and Heavy Metals: The Toxicity Characteristic

When I hear poison and heavy metal in the same sentence, my mind first goes to the 80’s rockers who recorded the #1 hit “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Second, though, I think of the RCRA toxicity characteristic.

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07/25/2019

EPA Ups e-Manifest User Fees for 2020-21

EPA has announced increased user fees to support its electronic hazardous waste manifest system in fiscal years 2020—21.

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07/22/2019

Hazardous Waste e-Manifests: Making the Switch

While hazardous waste generators can now create e-manifests, some logistical challenges remain that may make it difficult to move away from paper manifests. Here's what's holding some facilites up–and why making the switch as soon as possible is a smart management practice.   

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07/15/2019

How to Identify Reactive Hazardous Wastes

The characteristic of reactivity [40 CFR 261.23] is not just one characteristic; it’s a grouping of eight different properties and none of them have an empirical means of measurement. So how can generators identify reactive hazardous wastes to ensure safe storage and disposal? 

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07/01/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Auto Parts Dealer to Pay $11 Million for RCRA Violations

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, a nationwide auto parts retailer and two affilitated oil recyling facilities pay $11 million and $39,092 respectively for alleged RCRA violations. Plus, a chemical manufacturing company faces $492,000 in penalties for allegedly violating CERCLA, EPCRA, and Clean Air Act regulations.

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06/25/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/24

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, an oil refinery agrees to pay a $1.6 million penalty and roughly $20 million in pollution control installations for Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a plastic bag manufacturer and an electroplating facility are fined for violating RCRA hazardous waste regulations.

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06/13/2019

DTSC's Plan to Adopt RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements

California has unveiled a plan to adopt provisions from EPA’s 2016 Generator Improvements Rule into the state’s Title 22 hazardous waste regulations. The major EPA rulemaking overhauled the Federal hazardous waste management requirements, adding more stringent provisions as well as new reliefs for generators.  

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06/05/2019

EPA's New Pharma Waste Regs Take Effect August 21

Overhauled requirements for managing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals (HWP) officially take effect on August 21, 2019.

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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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