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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

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+00:00 December 15th, 2017|EPA|Comments Off on Is the EPA a Creature of Republican Environmentalism?

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+00:00 November 6th, 2017|EPA|Comments Off on Are Environmental Regulations In Your State More Stringent Than Those Of The EPA?

Your Environmental Emergency Requires an EPA Provisional Identification Number—And More!

Perhaps your business or enterprise doesn’t normally produce hazardous waste. But that doesn’t mean the intricate requirements of hazardous waste management couldn’t suddenly be thrust upon you. If deemed an environmental hazard, a spill or other kind of emergency can set into motion the regulatory prerogatives of the EPA; and what’s totally benign in moderation can [...]

By | 2018-09-14T08:31:59+00:00 September 13th, 2017|EPA|Comments Off on Your Environmental Emergency Requires an EPA Provisional Identification Number—And More!

New “Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule” Goes Into Effect May 30

The first major effort in 35 years on the part of the EPA to amend its rules applicable to hazardous materials disposal goes into effect May 30th. Dubbed the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, it’s an attempt by the EPA to simplify some regulations for hazardous waste generators, making such rules easier to understand, [...]

By | 2018-09-14T08:43:41+00:00 May 24th, 2017|EPA, Hazardous Waste|Comments Off on New “Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule” Goes Into Effect May 30

What effect will Scott Pruitt have on EPA federal policy concerning hazardous waste disposal?

For environmentally sensitive businesses and other enterprises in need of specialized waste disposal and sustainability solutions, what are the ramifications of Scott Pruitt’s ascendency to head the federal EPA? EnviroBLR.com, a paid subscription website providing comprehensive information about state and federal environmental compliance requirements, surveyed its membership about what they thought the size of [...]

By | 2018-09-14T08:52:18+00:00 February 6th, 2017|EPA|Comments Off on What effect will Scott Pruitt have on EPA federal policy concerning hazardous waste disposal?

4 Common Hazardous Waste Tests You Need to Know About

If you’re unsure what kind of hazardous materials you might be in possession of, it’s absolutely essential to have hazardous waste tests performed. Whether it’s due to poor labeling, improper storage, or some other factor, it’s not always clear to customers what kind of waste they’re dealing with when looking for disposal options. When this [...]

By | 2017-06-02T14:00:05+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|EPA, Hazardous Waste, Regulatory|Comments Off on 4 Common Hazardous Waste Tests You Need to Know About

What You Should Know About the Concept of Sham Recycling

Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establishes guidelines for the recycling of hazardous waste. These guidelines highlight the difference in what’s considered legitimate recycling versus what is determined to be sham recycling (illegitimate). So, what exactly is sham recycling? Let’s start by defining what’s legitimate. Defining Legitimate Recycling [...]

By | 2017-06-02T14:00:05+00:00 August 11th, 2016|EPA, Hazardous Waste, Recycling, Regulatory|Comments Off on What You Should Know About the Concept of Sham Recycling

Penalties for Noncompliance Will Soon Cost You More

We have long said that failing to remain in compliance with the many different regulations out there will cost you more in the end. With an increase in penalties fast approaching, it’s more true now than ever before. Due to Congress amending the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 in 2015, the Environmental Protection [...]

By | 2016-07-22T16:23:11+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|EPA, Regulatory, Safety|Comments Off on Penalties for Noncompliance Will Soon Cost You More