Q: On May 1, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision on 40 CFR Part 63, Subpart ZZZZ vacating the 100-hour exemption for emergency generators participating in demand response from having to meet the more stringent emission limits, control device requirements, and/or work practice requirements applicable to […]
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Q. Is installing a leachate collection system required by the EPA for a solid waste landfill? A. It is most likely that either the EPA or a state environmental agency will require a leachate collection system in a solid waste landfill.
Q. What are the requirements for PCBs handling and disposal? What are the appropriate EPA and state agency notification requirements when the PCBs at greater than 50 parts-per-million (ppm) are discovered in an aboveground storage tank (AST) storing Fuel #2 and located at the Petroleum Bulk Storage Facility? A. An aboveground storage tank (AST) storing […]
Q. We have a triple basin collection system on our city sewer line that allows solids and oils to separate out, leaving just the water to continue on to the city. We have the solids tested at a local lab, but I am having trouble finding a listing of thresholds or limits of metals/chemicals signifying […]
Q. If a facility uses 9,500 pounds (lb) of 1-bromopropane for reporting year 2016, should it be included in the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report? A. 1-bromopropane is on the list of chemicals required to be included in the 2016 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reports. However, the facility described in the question would not be […]
Q. Where can I find a list of thresholds for metal/chemicals to use to determine if the sludge-type waste from the triple basin collection system on our city sewer line is hazardous? A. From your question, we infer that you have already determined that your waste is not a listed hazardous waste and that you […]
Q. I have an Illinois Title V permit and we run three boilers with two firing natural gas and one we blend natural gas and biogas. We have the ability to use diesel and oil as well, but we simply do not use these. Although, we keep them on our permit just in case we […]
Recently, a subscriber asked the following question: According to OSHA, are we allowed to use power strips to permanently power electronics like office computers?
Q. As a small quantity generator (SQGs), we know that our waste containers during the 180-day accumulation period must be inspected weekly. Does the area still need to be inspected weekly when there are no containers? Also, is there a record retention requirement for the weekly inspection log?
Q. We ship some hazardous materials generated as part of our lead acid battery recycling process for further reclamation by a recycler. Should the hazardous materials be shipped using a hazardous waste manifest or should they be shipped as a hazardous material on a bill of lading?