Tag: regulations

The Truth about CSOs

Here’s the Problem About 700 U.S. cities, concentrated in the Northeast, the Great Lakes region, and the Pacific Northwest, have combined sewer systems (CSSs).  CSSs link sanitary sewers and stormwater conveyances to outfalls to surface water bodies.  When the weather is dry or moderately wet, the CSS carries both urban street runoff and sanitary sewage […]

UST Amendments—What You Need to Know About O&M and Secondary Containment

According to the EPA, while information on sources and causes of releases show that releases from tanks are less common than they once were, releases from piping and spills and overfills associated with deliveries have emerged as more common problems. The Agency attributes the lack of proper operation and maintenance of UST systems as a […]

Refrigerants—Cold Lessons Learned

A refrigerant formulator was recently fined $300,000 by the EPA and the Department of Justice for violations of SNAP regulations. First, let’s look at what the pertinent regulations say, then at what the company allegedly did, and finally what the fix will be. Note: Under SNAP, a “producer” is any person who manufactures, formulates, or […]

TRI—the Now and Future Things, con’t

As we mentioned in yesterday’s Advisor, the EPA is considering adding nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) to the TRI list. At this point, that addition is not yet proposed. Here’s a look at the chemicals that the EPA has actually proposed for TRI listing. 1-Bromopropane (CAS 106-94-5) Last April, the EPA proposed that 1-bromopropane be added to […]

10 Tips for LQGs for Inspecting Hazardous Waste Tanks

LQGs are those that generate either 1,000 kilograms (kg) or more of hazardous waste or more than 1 kg of acutely hazardous waste a month. Note: 1 kg = 2.2 pounds (lb) 100 kg = 220 lb 1,000 kg = 2,200 lb What’s a Tank? Although the answer may seem fairly obvious, there has been […]

Do Your Workers Know These Important Asbestos Safety Rules?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have adopted regulations to protect workers from exposure to asbestos-containing materials, asbestos-containing building materials, and presumed asbestos-containing materials (PACMs). An Operations and Maintenance (O&M) program is a formulated plan of training, cleaning, work practices, and surveillance to maintain the ACM in […]

Do You Know the Training Requirements for Hazardous Waste Manifests?

According to the EPA, anyone who ships hazardous wastes off-site needs to comply with both EPA’s training requirements for generators and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) requirements for training hazardous materials employees. The generator’s certification language on the manifest is essentially the same certification language that the DOT refers to as the “shipper’s certification.” […]

Six Best Management Practices for Storing Anhydrous Ammonia

Anhydrous ammonia is ammonia gas—the anhydrous part means “without water.” It is colorless, but has a very pungent smell. It can be irritating at lower levels, but very damaging at higher levels. Exposure to anhydrous ammonia between 5 and 50 parts per million (ppm) can cause headaches, loss of the sense of smell, nausea, and […]

5 Steps for Managing Solvent-Contaminated Wipes

So, if you’ve decided that the best option for managing your solvent-contaminated wipes is to see if you can get them exempt from EPA’s definition of solid and/or hazardous waste by complying with either the rule’s solid waste exclusion or therule’s hazardous waste exclusion, you need to know the steps to take to satisfy the […]

Wash, Dry, or Toss? Best Options for Your Solvent-Contaminated Wipes

So, should you wash, dry, or toss your solvent-contaminated rags? How About Dry? We can tell you right away, don’t hang your solvent-contaminated wipes out to dry. Let’s take that one off the table. Never mind the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) violations you would be facing, you will also have great big headaches […]