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Is Your Business a Hazardous Waste Generator? You’re Being Watched

BE CAREFUL. YOU’RE BEING WATCHED. Nowadays businesses operate in a milieu wherein the public has been trained to view hazardous waste as an unmitigated evil—without consideration that it is almost always the byproduct of a public good they would be loath to do without. In such atmosphere you’re typically guilty until being proven not-that-guilty; [...]

By |2018-12-11T08:35:59+00:00October 5th, 2018|EPA, Hazardous Waste, Regulatory|Comments Off on Is Your Business a Hazardous Waste Generator? You’re Being Watched

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 |2018-12-11T08:38:13+00:00July 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 |2018-12-11T08:41:19+00:00July 9th, 2018|EPA, Hazardous Waste|Comments Off on The Origins and Strategy of the EPA Toxic Release Inventory

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

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

Electrical Transformer End-of-Life Hazardous Waste Removal

Invented in the 1880’s, the job of adjusting to useable levels the thousands of volts generated by power utilities has always fallen to electrical transformers. They’re amazingly simple devices—but nonetheless require end-of-life hazardous waste management. What is an electrical transformer? In sum, an electrical transformer consists of one wire coil encased closely to a [...]

By |2018-11-16T11:32:06+00:00August 8th, 2017|Hazardous Waste|Comments Off on Electrical Transformer End-of-Life Hazardous Waste Removal

Hazardous Waste Requirements for Medical Marijuana Cultivation and Processing

When it comes to medical marijuana and its cultivation, the public’s impression might best be exemplified by Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury, wherein comic strip characters Zonker and Zipper enjoy a laidback life growing “weed,” more or less as they have all their lives—but now legally, on a grander scale, and unfettered by government. Nothing could be [...]

By |2018-11-16T13:55:24+00:00July 24th, 2017|Hazardous Waste|Comments Off on Hazardous Waste Requirements for Medical Marijuana Cultivation and Processing