The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s (RCRA) hazardous waste generator regulatory program was originally promulgated in 1980. Since that time, the EPA has become aware of the need for more clarity, consistency, and flexibility within the program. EPA’s final rule, which was promulgated on May 30, 2017, revises the hazardous waste generator regulations making them easier to understand, and providing greater flexibility in how hazardous waste is managed.
Some key provisions where EPA is finalizing flexibility are:
- Allowing a hazardous waste generator to avoid increased burden of a higher generator status when generating episodic waste provided the episodic waste is properly managed, and
- Allowing a very small quantity generator (VSQG) (previously called conditionally exempt small quantity generators) to send its hazardous waste to a large quantity generator under control of the same person.
This program update is also implementing some Improvements to environmental protection and, therefore, several of the revisions to the hazardous waste generator regulations are more stringent than those in the previous version. One such revision requires Small Quantity Generators (SQGs) to periodically re-notify the EPA regarding their generator status every four years (SQGs needed to only notify once under the previous system).
You may Click Here for additional information on the RCRA Program Updates. Please note that though the Federal regulations are currently in effect, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has indicated they will not be adopting these updates until 2018.
We can help! Capaccio has RCRA experts that can assist you with the reporting and planning challenges associated with Federal and state hazardous waste programs. If you have any questions about these programs and updates, please contact Alexis Dallaportas at 508-970-0033 ext. 142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.