Category: Hazardous Waste Management

Should Your Hazardous Waste Be Managed As Universal Waste?

Determining whether you are allowed to, and also whether you should, manage certain generated wastes as universal wastes rather than hazardous wastes is a dilemma that can plague a generator of hazardous waste. The questions the issue brings forth range from knowing what hazardous wastes qualify for universal waste management to identifying the perceivable advantages […]

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When Should a 55-Gallon Drum in the Satellite Storage Area of a Small Quantity Generator (SQG) Be Marked with a Date?

Q. I am an SQG of hazardous waste. When should the accumulation date be written on the hazwaste label placed on a 55-gallon drum that would apply to my allowable monthly accumulation amount which is 1,000 kilograms? Is it when the drum becomes full at the satellite area and is sealed and moved to the hazwaste […]

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Is the EPA Making You Want to Buy Contaminated Property?

The fear of becoming entangled in the potentially unending quagmire that can be a Superfund cleanup has kept many folks from purchasing a remediated Superfund site. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to provide new incentives for private investors and developers to purchase these contaminated properties. Let’s take a […]

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Is the EPA Making Superfund Cleanups Easier?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Administrator Scott Pruitt has set its sights on Superfund cleanups. A recently released Task Force report recommends 42 actions to streamline and improve the Superfund program established under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and a memo from Pruitt shows how he expects these cleanups […]

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Ensure Compliance with New Hazardous Waste Generator Requirements

On November 28, 2016, the EPA published the final Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, providing a much-needed update to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste generator regulations. By enhancing facility safety and the communication of onsite risks to emergency responders, the revisions are a significant attempt to address the challenges hazardous waste […]

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Proper Management of Hazardous Waste Containers

No one wants a regulatory inspector to cite their facility for improper management of containers holding hazardous waste, but container management violations often top the list of violations discovered at hazardous waste generator facilities.

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Tips to Reduce the Use of Aerosol Cans

Yesterday we discussed options for disposing of aerosol cans. However, you may be able to mitigate or even avoid the costs of disposal and safety concerns related to aerosol cans by looking for alternatives and through waste minimization.

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Class 9 Shipments: To Placard or Not Placard—That Is the Question

Class 9 hazardous materials (hazmats) is the catch-all class for hazmats that don’t fit neatly into any of the Class 1–8 descriptions. Instead of a definitive moniker such as “corrosives” or “explosives,” Class 9 hazmats are saddled with “miscellaneous” to describe their attributes. This is due to Class 9 covering a wide range of materials, […]

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