On December 20, 2021, the EPA announced it will utilize $1 billion from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to begin clearing the backlog of 49 Superfund sites and continue cleanup of other Superfund sites across the United States. Superfund Defined In 1980, Congress established the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), more commonly known […]
Category: Hazardous Waste Management
Hazardous waste generators are allowed to accumulate small amounts of hazardous waste in locations at or near the point of generation where wastes initially accumulate. These satellite accumulation areas (SAA) must be under the control of the person operating the process generating the hazardous waste. “Both large quantity generators (LQGs) and small quantity generators (SQGs) […]
A federal judge earlier this month ordered the EPA to update a decades-old regulation that currently allows the use of toxic chemicals in cleaning up offshore oil spills. “The agency ‘delayed unreasonably’ by waiting at least six years to finalize draft regulations updating the 1994 rules, said William H. Orrick, a judge in the U.S. […]
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published preliminary 2020 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data about chemical releases, chemical waste management, and pollution prevention activities. The data covers activities that occurred at nearly 21,000 federal and industrial facilities across the U.S., and includes the first-ever reporting on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) added to the TRI […]
In March, the EPA announced a hazardous waste enforcement action settlement with a Pennsylvania-based chemical manufacturer. The company will pay a penalty in the amount of $44,800 and has now certified its compliance with Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requirements.
An EHS Hero® subscriber recently asked our experts at BLR® if an organization that is a small quantity generator (SQG) of hazardous waste needs to provide the extensive training required under OSHA’s standard for hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER). Read on to learn the answer.
No environment, health, and safety (EHS) manager wants to experience a release of hazardous materials or waste. Accidents happen, however, and it’s important to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Experts at EHS Hero recently answered a subscriber’s question about release reporting requirements under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)—let’s see what […]
Peter Wright, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), announced the 2030 Vision and Goals for the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action hazardous waste facility cleanup program at the Association of State And Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials 2020 RCRA Corrective Action Virtual Conference on September 1, […]
Smart technology has been making impacts on business worldwide, and its use in streamlining efficiencies in hazardous and solid waste management should be of great interest to environment, health, and safety (EHS) and facilities management (FM) professionals.
The EPA has assessed approximately $84 million in hazardous waste material violations in the last 5 years, according to the Agency’s ECHO database. Risk managers are tasked with understanding and ensuring compliance with numerous EPA regulations. Failure to adhere to these regulations can result in expensive penalties and, in some cases, prison time.