Biennial reports, paperwork

Are You Ready to Submit Your 2019 Biennial Report?

As hazardous waste large quantity generators (LQGs) and hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) know all too well, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requires them to report every two years on the quantities, types, and management methods of hazardous wastes generated on-site and hazardous wastes received from off-site sources. Referred to […]

Oil barrels or chemical drums stacked up

Is Your Waste Hazardous? If You Don’t Know, It Could Be Costly

“Is my waste hazardous?” This is a question common to generators of wastes in all industries. The answer to this question is essential, as it’s at the heart of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations for handlers of hazardous waste. Generators as well as owners/operators of treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) cannot […]

Top 10 Problems with EPA’s Proposed Hazwaste Generator Rule

Last fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule that would make significant changes to regulatory requirements for hazardous waste generators. Comments were accepted until December 24, 2015. Let’s take a look at what a sampling of stakeholders had to say about EPA’s proposed amendments to hazardous waste generation under the Resource […]

Reg Requirements for Hazardous Waste Manifests

What are the regulatory requirements for making changes on hazardous waste manifests? Your question doesn’t specify whether you are the generator who is preparing the hazardous waste manifest or the designated facility (TSDF) that is receiving the hazardous waste shipment. Assuming you’re the generator, it is the generator’s responsibility to ensure that the shipment is […]

Problems You May Encounter with e-Manifests

Note: A hazardous waste manifest is the shipping paper for hazardous waste. The paper manifest travels with the hazardous waste from the point of generation, through transportation, to the final treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF). Each party in the chain of shipping, including the generator, signs and keeps a manifest copy, creating a “cradle-to-grave” […]

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 […]

HAZWOPER—Who You Gonna Train?

HAZWOPER applies to employers involved in three general categories of work operations: Hazardous waste site cleanup operations (e.g., Superfund, voluntary cleanups, and corrective actions under RCRA) Operations involving hazardous waste at TSDFs (e.g., a landfill that accepts hazardous waste), and Emergency response operations for releases of, or the threat of release of, hazardous substances at […]

Employee Training: Don’t Forget RCRA

When you think of RCRA, you think of manifests, “cradle to grave” hazardous waste management, transportation, container management, and endless hours of recordkeeping. However, one important aspect of RCRA for EHS managers is training. There are specific training requirements for personnel at hazardous waste TSDFs and large quantity generators (LQGs). Small quantity generators (SQGs) are […]

Tips for Storing Used Oil in an AST

Used oil generators include all persons who produce used oil through commercial or industrial operations and vehicle services. The regulations exempt household “do-it-yourselfers,” farmers under certain conditions, vessels at sea or at port, and mixtures of used oil and diesel fuel under certain conditions. If used oil is mixed with hazardous waste, it must be managed […]

Truck Manufacturer Settles Alleged RCRA Violations

Truck Manufacturer Settles Alleged RCRA Violations In mid-November 2014, one of North America’s largest heavy-duty truck manufacturers settled with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a range of alleged RCRA violations at its Pennsylvania truck assembly plant. RCRA is the federal law that regulates how covered facilities manage the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous […]