Hazardous and Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste Management, Hazardous Waste Operations, Regulatory Developments

Hazardous Waste Generator Rule Changes Finalized

As frequent visitors to EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Online database already know, the Agency’s hazardous waste regulations prompt a constant stream of questions from both regulated entities and RCRA-authorized states about applicability, lack of clarity, and regulatory gaps. A small fraction of EPA’s answers and interpretations responding to such questions have now been codified in the recently finalized Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule comprising over 60 revisions and new provisions for the hazardous waste generator program.

The general goals of the rule are to make the program requirements easier to understand, provide more flexibility in the context of how regulated entities operate their businesses, afford more protections to public health and the environment, and also ensure that more local emergency responders receive information about hazardous waste in their communities.

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