Tag: Hazardous Waste

Retail and Hospitality Industries Hit with Hazardous Waste Violations

For the last few years, many “big box” retailers have found themselves the subject of hazardous waste enforcement suits after California enforcement agencies conducted “dumpster dive” inspections to determine exactly what kind of waste is being disposed of by these companies. These retailers include Target Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Whole Foods Market California Inc., and […]

Hazardous Waste Management is More Than Manifests

The EPA recently announced a settlement with Siemens Industry, Inc., d/b/a Russelectric, a Siemens Business, a Delaware corporation, whereby the company agreed to pay a $121,546 penalty and has confirmed the facility is in compliance with state and federal hazardous waste management laws. The company, a power control system manufacturer in Hingham, Massachusetts, allegedly violated […]

Ask the Expert: Hazardous Liquid Waste Containment

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at EHS Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber asking about secondary containment of hazardous liquid waste. See what the experts had to say. Q: Is secondary containment of hazardous liquid waste recommended or required for […]

Ask the Expert: Welding Rod Waste Classification

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at EHS Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber asking about the waste classification of welding rods. See what the experts had to say. Q: Is used welding rod considered a universal waste or a hazardous […]

Back to Basics: Universal Waste Requirements

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s requirements for universal waste. Hazardous waste management is a topic that encompasses a wide variety of wastes and procedures that helps to keep the harmful effects of […]

PVC Under Scrutiny as Hazardous Waste

As a result of a legal agreement reached on May 3, 2022, with the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), the EPA has nine months to analyze the toxic impact of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC, also commonly referred to as vinyl, is widely used for many functions, and there are currently 7 billion pounds of the […]

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EPA Superfunding Announced

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 […]

Satellite Accumulation of Hazardous Waste

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) […]

EPA Publishes Proposed Amendments to Aerosol Coatings Rule

On September 17, 2021, the EPA proposed amendments to the National Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emission Standards for Aerosol Coatings, which establish reactivity-based emissions standards for the aerosol coatings category under the Clean Air Act (CAA). “In this action, the EPA is proposing to update coating category product-weighted reactivity limits for aerosol coatings categories; add […]

Hurricane Ida Spotlights Critical Deficiencies in Climate Change Preparation (Part 2)

News stories continue to reveal the devastating aftermath from Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in Louisiana on August 29, 2021. The storm’s death toll has reached 84 deaths across eight states, including fatalities as far north as Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey due to severe flooding from the storm. Some areas in Louisiana […]