Tag: RCRA

Key Elements of EPA’s Academic Lab Rule

Note that the rule is not regarded by EPA as more stringent than existing regulations. This means that states authorized to run the federal RCRA program are not required to adopt the rule. In fact, while some states have adopted it since promulgation, others have expressed their opposition to it, and the rule may not […]

TRI and Waste Management-Understanding Key Definitions

Waste management is included under the TRI definition of toxic chemicals that are otherwise used, which refers to activities that are not manufacturing or processing. TRI requires that subject facilities report releases and other waste management of listed chemicals. Facilities must also report transfers of toxic chemicals for waste management to off-site locations. Waste management […]

Taking the Confusion Out of ‘Closed Containers’

Notwithstanding the complexity inherent in the phrase closed container, managers must be confident that they understand what must be done with the hazwaste containers at their facilities to ensure that a state or federal inspector will have no doubt that the regulations are being met. Keep in mind that containers in which hazwastes are held […]

The Controversial Contained-In Policy

One way, called the contained-in policy, attempted to smooth over the pre-existing position held by the Agency that contaminated soil that either contained a listed hazardous waste or exhibited a hazardous waste characteristic must be managed and disposed of according to all regulations governing hazardous waste (RCRA Subtitle C). Also, soil that contained listed hazardous […]

Hazardous Waste Container Definitions that Stump Everyone

Containers & Tanks There’s a lot of confusion around whether a management unit is a container or a tank. Here’s the difference—you know you’re dealing with a hazardous waste container if it’s portable. A tank will always remain stationary. The RCRA hazardous waste regulations define a container as “any portable device in which a material […]

Hazardous Waste Generators FAQ Roundup

After the decision is made to vent propane from a cylinder, up until it is vented onsite, does a propane cylinder need to be managed as D001 hazardous waste? Because the container of D001 hazardous waste does not yet meet the “RCRA empty standard” (as explained at 40 CFR 261.7) the container must be managed […]

Hazardous Waste Recordkeeping Checklists for RCRA, Exporters, and Land Bans

Here’s a quick checklist of the paperwork you should have for your RCRA, hazardous waste exporting, and land ban requirements. RCRA Have you kept the following hazardous waste records for specified periods of time (if applicable)? Copies of a small quantity generator’s “reclamation agreement” for at least 3 years after the agreement’s termination or expiration […]

Regulated Hazardous Waste 101

Is the material a solid waste? Is the waste specifically excluded from RCRA’s hazardous waste regulation? If the waste is a solid waste, is the solid waste “hazardous”? This requires you to determine: Is the waste a “listed” hazardous waste? Does the waste exhibit one or more of the four characteristics of hazardous waste? Is […]