The Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule (Rule), finalized on October 28, 2016, will require hazardous waste large quantity generators (LQGs) and small quantity generators (SQGs) to make many changes as to how they manage their hazardous waste. Because the current generator requirements will be in place in most states for months and months to come—that is, until a generator’s state adopts the new federal rules—generators have time to get acquainted with the new requirements.
One change that will affect LQGs and SQGs in all stages of their waste accumulation process is the new rules for labeling and marking containers of hazardous waste. Labeling and marking rules for other hazardous waste management units—tanks, drip pads, and containment buildings—have also changed. These requirements were revised to more accurately indicate the hazards of the contents in the waste accumulation units.
The revisions also impact containers in satellite accumulation areas and containers and tanks in central accumulation areas. In addition, there’s a new marking requirement for containers transported off-site.