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Are You Storing Your Hazardous Waste Too Long?

Kevin Webber - Sep 21, 2018 10:10:21 AM

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations provide hazardous waste management standards for generators of hazardous waste. This framework ensures that hazardous waste is managed safely from “cradle-to-grave” – from the time it is created, while it is transported, treated, and stored, and until it is recycled or disposed. The degree of regulation that applies to each waste generator depends on the amount of waste produced. This “waste generator status” determines the length of time that hazardous waste can be stored at the point of generation, or on site. Since accumulating hazardous waste on site can pose a threat to human health and the environment, you may keep it only for a short time without a permit.

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Is Your Waste Generator Classification Correct?

Kevin Webber - Sep 14, 2018 11:27:46 AM

As a hazardous waste generator, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with state and federal regulations and determining your generator classification. Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established three categories of generators in its hazardous waste generator regulations:

Topics: Hazardous Waste- Compliance

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How to Create an Effective Disaster Contingency Plan

Kevin Webber - Sep 7, 2018 7:30:00 AM

It’s probably not news to you that working with hazardous waste requires a plan for dealing with disasters. But did you know the EPA requires hazardous facilities to prepare for internal disasters like chemical spills along with external events like an earthquake or wildfire?

Topics: Hazardous Waste

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What Your Hazardous Waste Reduction Plan May Be Missing

Kevin Webber - Aug 31, 2018 7:59:00 AM

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations contain a national policy for “waste minimization” or “waste reduction.” This policy seeks to reduce or eliminate waste by considering reusing and/or recycling materials before disposing of it as a hazardous waste. Facilities that generate or manage hazardous waste must certify that they have a waste reduction program in place to reduce both the quantity and toxicity of hazardous waste generated. Let’s look at what your plan should contain and what it might be missing.

Topics: Hazardous Waste

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Why You Need a Hazardous Waste Reduction Plan

Kevin Webber - Aug 24, 2018 2:43:46 PM

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations establish the hazardous waste management standards for hazardous waste generators. RCRA was amended in 1984 to establish a national policy for waste minimization. More commonly referred to as waste reduction, this policy refers to source reduction and environmentally sound recycling of RCRA hazardous waste.

Topics: Hazardous Waste

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Don't Overlook These 13 Mixture and Derived-From Rule Exemptions

Kevin Webber - Aug 17, 2018 7:30:00 AM

The entire hazardous waste identification process can be confusing, especially when it comes to understanding the definition of hazardous waste exclusions. We’ve put together this list to help you understand the “mixture” and “derived-from” rules and take advantage of ways to reduce your regulatory burden and hopefully, streamline waste management at your facility.

Topics: Hazardous Waste- Compliance

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Why You Should Take Hazardous Waste Handling Seriously

Kevin Webber - Aug 10, 2018 9:28:57 AM

There is enough inherent risk in the hazardous waste handling process without making things worse by mismanagement or non-compliance. If you don’t take the management of hazardous waste at your facility seriously, there could be many risky situations as a result. While some waste management requirements only apply to small and large quantity generators of hazardous waste, all hazardous waste generators should follow preventive measures and maintain compliance with state and federal regulations. If not, generators could face these risks.

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Training Your Hazardous Waste Personnel Must Take

Kevin Webber - Aug 3, 2018 8:15:00 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established a comprehensive regulatory program in 1976 to ensure that hazardous waste is managed correctly from the time it is created, through transport, treatment, storage, and until it is disposed. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) provides the framework for hazardous waste management and qualified states are authorized to administer and enforce the RCRA program within the state.

It’s important that you manage your hazardous waste in accordance with all state and federal regulations. The degree of regulation that applies is dependent on the amount of waste you produce; however, anyone who generates, accumulates, stores, transports, or treats hazardous waste must receive training. When rules change, updated training should be provided. Your hazardous waste personnel are required to complete appropriate training to become familiar with proper hazardous waste management as well as emergency procedures for wastes handled at your facility.

Topics: Hazardous Waste- OSHA- Compliance

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How to Create an EPA Waste Profile

Kevin Webber - Jul 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

An EPA Hazardous Waste Profile is similar to the typical Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) that you’re used to working with at any industrial or manufacturing facility. In short, the Hazardous Waste Profile is used to describe the chemical and material characteristics of a given type of solid or hazardous waste.

Topics: Hazardous Waste

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Five Steps to Properly Identifying Hazardous Waste

Kevin Webber - Jul 19, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Hazardous waste disposal is one of the most important factors when it comes to handling your regulated waste. Because of the “cradle to grave” legal framework that applies to regulated waste, your facility is responsible for the hazardous materials it produces from the moment they enter your possession to the moment they’re properly disposed of.

On a state level, even simple bureaucratic mistakes can lead to hefty fines, like this South Carolina health provider that was fined $28,000 for failing to properly label and organize its hazardous waste. Larger organizations can easily make themselves vulnerable to much steeper penalties, as in the case of Home Depot, whose California facilities were fined nearly $28 million by state and local authorities for sending regulated hazardous waste to standard landfills.

Topics: Hazardous Waste- Compliance

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