Category: Hazardous and Solid Waste

UST Release Reporting: How to Know What to Do and When

Immediately After Release If you suspect that a release may have occurred, you must immediately notify your state or local implementing agency. If the tank is in territory controlled by Native Americans, you must contact the EPA regional UST program office. Quick action on your part can minimize the extent of environmental damage and the […]

Universal Waste Lamp Training: Storage, Handling, and Labeling

Examples of lamps that have a hazardous component include: Fluorescent tubes and bulbs and high-intensity discharge lamps Neon and mercury vapor lamps High-pressure sodium and metal halide lamps Despairing ever getting your employees trained? It isn’t easy to fit it in—schedule-wise or budget-wise—but now there’s the Environmental Compliance Library from Employee Training Center. Train all […]

Recharge Your Universal Waste Battery Training

Handling Batteries Safely Although containment for “dry” batteries would seem simple, improper or “rough” handling can damage the casing and cause leakage of the contents. Teach your workers to know how to ensure that the casing of each individual battery cell is not breached and remains intact and closed. They should know to report any […]

What to Expect in the World of Waste for 2012

In November 2011, EPA closed public comment on a rule concerning the disposal of coal combustion residuals from electricity-producing facilities, first proposed in 2010. EPA is considering two possible options for the management of coal ash. Under the first proposal, EPA would list these residuals as special wastes subject to regulation under Subtitle C of […]

Getting a Handle on Handling Universal Wastes

The goal of EPA‘s universal waste rule (40 CFR 273) is to reduce the amount of hazardous waste items in the municipal solid waste wastestream and encourage recycling and proper disposal of certain common or widely generated hazardous wastes. Wastes regulated under the universal waste rules include: Batteries Pesticides Thermostats Fluorescent and high-intensity discharge lamps […]

Compliance Tip: Delisting Your Waste

So, for example, a waste generated at your facility may meet a listing description even though the process uses raw materials different from those  EPA assumed were used when listing the waste—as such, the waste may not contain the contaminants for which it was listed. Similarly, after treatment of a listed waste, the residues may […]