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Does Scott Pruitt’s Resignation Signal a Change in EPA Enforcement Policies?

Owners and managers of businesses requiring hazardous waste management might rightly wonder: How will EPA policy be affected given Scott Pruitt’s July 5th resignation as administrator of the EPA—along with Andrew Wheeler’s elevation as his replacement?   Short answer: Probably not much. Per the Wall Street Journal, “Wheeler is expected to continue Mr. Pruitt’s [...]

By | 2018-09-14T08:12:34+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|EPA, Hazardous Waste|Comments Off on Does Scott Pruitt’s Resignation Signal a Change in EPA Enforcement Policies?

The Origins and Strategy of the EPA Toxic Release Inventory

The creation of the Toxic Release Inventory Program (TRI) by the EPA was instigated largely by the unfathomable tragedy that occurred in Bhopal, India on December 4, 1984. A cloud of extremely toxic methyl isocyanate gas escaped from a Union Carbide Chemical plant. Thousands of people died, thousands more died later, and thousands of [...]

By | 2018-09-14T08:13:34+00:00 July 9th, 2018|EPA|Comments Off on The Origins and Strategy of the EPA Toxic Release Inventory

EPA Anticipates Launching E-Manifest at the End of June 2018

Since 1976, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) has required that a manifest accompany the movement of a hazardous waste from its point of origin (aka: the generator) to the hazardous waste management facility that’s legally “permitted” by the EPA to provide for its hazardous waste disposal (aka: the destination facility). This manifest, [...]

By | 2018-09-14T08:15:45+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Regulatory|Comments Off on EPA Anticipates Launching E-Manifest at the End of June 2018

Why Does the EPA Require Dental Clinics to Have Amalgam Separators?

If you’re a dentist—or manage a dental clinic—you’ve probably never considered yourself a potential environmental polluter with a need for hazardous waste management. But be forewarned—the EPA does not agree. The agency has determined that dental clinics have been the main source of mercury discharges into publicly owned treatment works: facilities known as POTWs [...]

By | 2018-09-14T08:16:42+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Medical Waste|Comments Off on Why Does the EPA Require Dental Clinics to Have Amalgam Separators?

Keep Abreast Of Waste Disposal Enforcement Trends That Are Closest To You

The size and impact of the EPA has grown exponentially since its inception in 1970, and so has its effects upon the way a legitimate business can operate without running afoul of a myriad of environmental laws and complicated regulations. This is doubly so for enterprises needing to dispose of hazardous waste, as the [...]

By | 2018-09-14T08:18:27+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Sustainability|Comments Off on Keep Abreast Of Waste Disposal Enforcement Trends That Are Closest To You

What Do You Need to Know About Delisting A Hazardous Waste Stream?

There are two kinds of hazardous waste according to the EPA. Characteristic hazardous wastes are more-or-less what you would expect: unusable byproducts requiring hazardous waste management because they possess noxious qualities such as corrosivity, ignitability, reactivity, and/or toxicity. Listed hazardous wastes are less intuitive. These don’t exhibit such noxious qualities per se. Instead, because [...]

By | 2018-09-14T08:19:28+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Do You Need to Know About Delisting A Hazardous Waste Stream?

How OSHA Workplace Rules Affect Hazardous Waste Management

In matters of hazardous waste removal, it’s just not EPA directives that you need to heed. There are also OSHA requirements. Proper hazardous waste management—which falls under EPA auspices—serves to protect the ecology. But it’s also an integral part of industrial hygiene (aka occupational hygiene or workplace health), which is the central concern of OSHA. So what exactly is [...]

By | 2018-09-14T08:20:41+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How OSHA Workplace Rules Affect Hazardous Waste Management

A Review of the EPA Hazardous Waste Profile and its Requirements

Among the many procedures and requirements dictated by the EPA in matters of hazardous waste disposal is something called a Hazardous Waste Profile, formerly known as a “waste characterization profile.” In essence, a Hazardous Waste Profile requires you to list the chemical properties of the particular type of waste you intend to dispose of or [...]

By | 2018-09-14T08:21:56+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Review of the EPA Hazardous Waste Profile and its Requirements

What is a Waste Analysis Plan?

Put into place more than 40 years ago, the purpose of the U.S. Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is to ensure the proper treatment and storage of hazardous materials and regulate hazardous waste disposal. Thereby, RCRA permits are required for all hazardous waste management facilities, and they are issued only to such facilities that can demonstrate the ability [...]

By | 2018-09-14T08:11:20+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Hazardous Waste|Comments Off on What is a Waste Analysis Plan?

Four National Associations You Should Know As A Hazardous Waste Management Professional

The health, legal, and environmental liabilities endemic to hazmat make it crucial that both its generators and managers be more than merely conversant with the best practices, applicable law, and technological trends affecting both solid- and hazardous-waste disposal. Thereby, the advisability of aligning yourself (and your enterprise) with one or more nationally recognized industry associations [...]

By | 2018-09-14T08:23:04+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Hazardous Waste|Comments Off on Four National Associations You Should Know As A Hazardous Waste Management Professional