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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 |2018-10-30T10:25:29+00:00February 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 [...]

By |2018-10-16T15:30:51+00:00January 25th, 2018|Hazardous Waste|Comments Off on Four National Associations You Should Know As A Hazardous Waste Management Professional

Some Worthy National Conferences For Hazardous Waste Management Professionals

January is a good time to start pondering your schedule for professional development, and so we’ve listed a number of annual national conferences that focus upon hazardous waste management. So as not to be overwhelming, we’ve limited ourselves to U.S. national conferences, effectively ignoring such worthies as the International EcoWASTE Conference in Abu Dhabi. Neither have we [...]

By |2018-11-16T14:37:07+00:00January 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Some Worthy National Conferences For Hazardous Waste Management Professionals

What are the Educational Requirements for your Onsite Hazardous Waste Manager?

  Perhaps some people are born to hazardous waste management. Others aspire to it. And yet others have it thrust upon them. But whatever the case, while the academic requirements to become a hazardous waste manager vary across employers, in virtually all cases the minimum educational prerequisite is—or should be—an undergraduate degree. Usually, that degree [...]

By |2017-12-14T09:48:43+00:00December 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What are the Educational Requirements for your Onsite Hazardous Waste Manager?

Is the EPA a Creature of Republican Environmentalism?

Few remember (and perhaps many simply do not want to know) that the EPA was created by a Republican president nearly a half-century ago. Would you believe: Richard M. Nixon? By way of history, during the late 1950’s and throughout the 1960’s there was increasing public concern about environmental degradation. Such alarm was intensified by [...]

By |2017-12-14T09:41:40+00:00December 15th, 2017|EPA|Comments Off on Is the EPA a Creature of Republican Environmentalism?

Can You Treat Hazardous Waste Without A Treatment Permit?

Any enterprise intending to engage in hazardous waste “treatment” is required to obtain a treatment permit from the EPA, per the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Bear in mind that the EPA deems almost any facet of hazardous waste management as an instance of “treatment,” including any effort to make a hazardous waste non-hazardous [...]

By |2017-11-16T15:01:31+00:00November 20th, 2017|Regulatory|Comments Off on Can You Treat Hazardous Waste Without A Treatment Permit?

Are Environmental Regulations In Your State More Stringent Than Those Of The EPA?

Individual states have the power to adopt hazardous waste management regulations that are more stringent than those of the federal government—and a number of them have done so. How did that happen? In matters of hazardous waste disposal, the face of the EPA is likely that of your state—not the federal government. This is because the 1976 Resource Conservation [...]

By |2017-11-01T10:16:28+00:00November 6th, 2017|EPA|Comments Off on Are Environmental Regulations In Your State More Stringent Than Those Of The EPA?

Is Fuel-Blending A Viable Option To Hazardous Waste Management For Your Business Or Enterprise?

One way to lessen the capital cost of hazardous waste management is to recycle the valuable constituents of such wastes for reuse, or blend them into fuel. Beyond the obvious economic benefit, recycling mitigates damage to the ecology by reducing the amount of materials requiring hazardous waste disposal; and fuel-blending has the added benefit of reducing fossil [...]

By |2017-10-13T15:23:18+00:00October 17th, 2017|Hazardous Waste|Comments Off on Is Fuel-Blending A Viable Option To Hazardous Waste Management For Your Business Or Enterprise?

Is the Science & Practice of Hazardous Waste Management Overdue for a Software Update?

As in just about every industry nowadays, so-called “smart” technologies can streamline and improve the ways that waste and recycling companies do business. But these technologies are not common among smaller waste handlers (in general) nor among hazardous waste management companies (in particular). Reasons are manifold: First, they are generally not as cost effective as [...]

By |2018-09-14T08:27:49+00:00October 9th, 2017|Hazardous Waste, Technology|Comments Off on Is the Science & Practice of Hazardous Waste Management Overdue for a Software Update?

Is That HAZMAT Container Really Empty? Don’t Be Too Sure

When it comes to hazardous waste containers, what appears empty to you might not be considered so by the EPA. So the containers themselves might be subject to hazardous waste regulation, and inadvertently mishandling them can run you afoul of the law, even after having complied carefully with all hazardous waste management mandates for [...]

By |2018-09-14T08:30:39+00:00September 25th, 2017|Hazardous Waste|Comments Off on Is That HAZMAT Container Really Empty? Don’t Be Too Sure