A recent decision by an EPA administrative law judge (ALJ) rejected an EPA argument of its interpretation of the Manufacturing Process Unit (MPU) exemption. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) governs the EPA’s authority to regulate the proper management of hazardous and nonhazardous solid waste. The Act determines the boundary where the manufacturing process […]
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.
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 […]
In the fourth quarter (Q4), the EPA finalized 150 settlement agreements with companies small and large across the United States. This represents a significant decrease in enforcement actions—down from 327 penalties issued in Q3 for 2020. The actions taken resulted in $4,582,755 in fines.
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, […]
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.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule on June 8, 2020, that revises the hazardous waste regulation at 40 CFR 261.21, which addresses how the characteristic of “ignitability” is identified as a hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
Regulations the EPA has issued under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) make important distinctions between the compliance obligations of large quantity generators (LQGs) and small quantity generators (SQGs) of hazardous waste.
In a final rule, the EPA has issued its Residual Risk and Technology Review (RTR) for the Site Remediation source category regulated under the Clean Air Act’s National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP).
The EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) has issued two documents intended to assist managers in the Agency’s 10 regional offices on deciding if site cleanup and emergency response should begin or continue in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.