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Hazardous Waste Determination
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Making a hazardous waste determination is the key to the applicability of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste management regulations. One of the most frequently asked questions by generators is, "Is my waste a hazardous waste regulated under RCRA?" If the answer is "no," the RCRA hazardous waste laws and regulations do not apply to the management of that waste. If the answer is "yes," however, the generator and subsequent handlers of the hazardous waste must comply with myriad RCRA rules that are in place in order to ensure the safe management of the hazardous waste.
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Guidance Documents 2013 Solvent-Contaminated Final Rules: FAQs  National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR 260 and 261 - Conditional Exclusions from Hazardous Waste and Solid Waste for Solvent-Contaminated Industrial Wipes 11/20/2003National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR 261 - Hazardous Waste Management System: Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste: Conditional Exclusion from Hazardous Waste and Solid Waste for Solvent-Contaminated Industrial Wipes; Extension of Comment Period 12/15/2009National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 261 - Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste; Final Exclusion 09/20/2012National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 261 - Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste; Final Rule 09/13/2012National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR 261 - Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste; Proposed Exclusion 10/04/2004National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 261 - Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste; Removal of Direct Final Exclusion 11/30/2010National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 261 - Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste; Removal of Direct Final Exclusion 11/30/2010National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR 261 - Hazardous Waste Management System; Proposed Exclusion for Identifying and Listing Hazardous Waste 06/25/2004National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 261 and 268 - Hazardous Waste Identification Rule (HWIR): Revisions to the Mixture and Derived-From Rules 05/16/2001National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR 63, 258, 260, 261, 264, 265, 266, 270, 271, 279 - Waste Management System; Testing and Monitoring Activities; Reopening of Comment Period for the Proposed Methods Innovation Rule (MIR) 01/18/2003National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 9, 260 and 261 - Hazardous Waste Management System: Conditional Exclusion for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Streams in Geologic Sequestration Activities 01/03/2014National
Final Regulations 40 CFR Part 261 - Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste: Spent Catalysts from Dual-Purpose Petroleum Hydroprocessing Reactors 05/12/2002National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR Parts 260 & 261 - Regulation of Hazardous Oil-Bearing Secondary Materials From the Petroleum Refining Industry and Other Hazardous Secondary Materials Processed in a Gasification System To Produce Synthesis Gas 03/25/2002National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR Parts 63, 258, et al. - Waste Management System; Testing and Monitoring Activities; Methods Innovation Rule 11/04/2002National
Guidance Documents Clarification of EPA's "Contained-In" Policy  National
Final Regulations Correction to the HWIR: Revisions to the Mixture and Derived-From Rules (40 CFR Part 261) 10/05/2001National
Notices Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals From Electric Utilities 08/02/2013National
Questions & Answers Do 300 pounds of ginseng root containing pesticides have to be disposed of as hazardous waste? 08/11/2003National
Guidance Documents EPA Press Release re Solvent-Contaminated Wipes  National
Guidance Documents EPA Training Module: Introduction to Hazardous Waste Identification  National
Guidance Documents EPA Training Module: Solid and Hazardous Waste Exclusions  National
Guidance Documents EPA's "Contained-In" Policy  National
Guidance Documents EPA's Robert W. Dellinger's Letter Response to Industry Representatives  National
Guidance Documents EPA: Easier Recycling of Cathode Ray Tubes  National
Guidance Documents Flowcharts: Definitions of Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste  National
Guidance Documents Hazardous Waste Characteristics: A User-Friendly Reference Document (EPA October 2009)  National
Proposed Regulations Hazardous Waste Identification Rule (HWIR) - 40 CFR Part 261 [65 FR 20934] 04/21/2000National
Guidance Documents Hazardous Waste Listings: A User Friendly Reference (EPA Draft March 2008)  National
Regulatory Analysis Hazwaste Determination (Classification)  National
Questions & Answers I need to understand the definition of alcohols (all alcohols or just ethanol) in connection with 40 CFR 261.21 Characteristic of ignitability. 05/04/2007National
Questions & Answers If you take used oil saturated rags, allow them to dry in the sun and then throw them away in the trash, is that ok (within regulatory requirements)? 07/17/2009National
Notices Material Characterization of Nanoscale Materials; Notice of Public Meeting 08/13/2007National
Questions & Answers PCBs do not appear under the RCRA lists of hazardous wastes, nor are they listed as a constituent under the toxicity characteristic. Are PCBs regulated as a hazardous waste under RCRA? 12/07/1999National
Guidance Documents Scope of Hazardous Waste Listing P042  National
Guidance Documents Solvent-Contaminated Final Rule - Summary Chart  National
Guidance Documents Waste Analysis at Facilities that Generate, Treat, Store, and Dispose of Hazardous Waste  National
Questions & Answers We have an anodizing process that uses Oxalic Acid (low sulfate.) We are having a very hard time treating this in our pre-treatment plant; my question is since the process is causing the waste how would I define if this is hazardous waste or non-hazardou 03/18/2014National
Questions & Answers We have material on site that is owned by our customer. If it becomes damaged, would the accumulation start date be when the materials is overpacked or when the customer returns a determination? 11/04/2013National
Questions & Answers What is the dioxin concentration threshold for hazardous waste determination in New Jersey? 05/01/2006National