In December 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) took two actions that would appear to set the stage for the delivery of waste elemental mercury for long-term storage and management.
Category: Hazardous Waste Management
In Montana v. United States (1981), the U.S. Supreme Court found that Indian tribes do not have civil or criminal jurisdiction over nontribal members within a reservation. This opinion has proven to be one of the clearest indications that Indian tribes possess no authority over lands they do not own (called non-Indian fee lands), even […]
An understanding of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) term speculative accumulation is essential for managers overseeing compliance with regulations governing the generation of both hazardous waste and hazardous secondary materials (HSMs).
Effective October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2021, the EPA will apply new user fees in its hazardous waste (hazwaste) e-Manifest Program. Publication of the Agency’s fee memo provides an opportunity to review the different types of manifests regulated parties may use to meet their legal obligations.
In 2013, the EPA promulgated a final rule that removed solvent-contaminated wipes that are either cleaned and reused or disposed of from regulation under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The exclusions come with conditions, meaning the generators of these wipes must conduct certain actions to qualify. One such condition described here is that […]
“Is my waste hazardous?” This is a question common to generators of wastes in all industries. The answer to this question is essential, as it’s at the heart of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations for handlers of hazardous waste. Generators as well as owners/operators of treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) cannot […]
The EPA is proposing to revise requirements regarding the test methods that must be used to determine if a liquid waste is a RCRA hazardous waste because it has the characteristic of ignitability.
To enhance safety and environmental protection, the EPA’s Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Final Rule, which became effective federally last year, requires identification including the words “Hazardous Waste,” a description of the container’s hazards, and the date the accumulation started on each container. In short, generators must indicate the hazards of hazardous contents, but have flexibility […]
Just before the holiday season, EPA issued its final rule for waste pharmaceuticals management. Due to the complex nature of handling waste pharmaceuticals within healthcare facilities, it became clear to EPA that these waste streams could no longer be managed with existing RCRA waste regulations. EPA previously tried to promulgate rules regarding pharmaceutical waste streams […]
Two types of jurisdiction were central to a case in which two plaintiff companies deposited hazardous waste generated in Colorado into industrial wells in Illinois. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) found that the injections were conducted without the required Class I permit and brought charges against the companies before the Illinois Pollution Control Board […]