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News:
Last week, the Environmental Daily Advisor discussed zero waste strategies, lead-based paint regulations, and restricted-use pesticides.

Under the federal RCRA regulations, there are three classes of generators of hazardous waste: large quantity generators (LQGs), small quantity generators (SQGs), and conditionally exempt small quantity generators (CESQGs).
Last week, the Environmental Daily Advisor discussed water conservation, regulation of asbestos, and green power.

BLR's Dave Leiper's second day at the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) annual conference.

Generators of hazardous waste know that their generator class status depends on the amount (volume) and type of hazardous waste that they generate in a calendar month.
White Papers:
The antidegradation provision of the Clean Water Act (CWA) is one of a number of areas in which the power struggle is played out between states and the EPA over who controls the quality of the nation’s waters.
Supporters of the recent bombshell proposal jointly issued by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to define waters of the United States point out that the Clean Water Act's (CWA) jurisdiction over "navigable waters" must be viewed in the context of other sections of the statute.
The FutureGen project was officially launched by the G.W. Bush administration in 2004. Ten years later it is still in the early stages of development.
The EPA's recent proposal to amend its worker protection standard (WPS) presents a good opportunity to review the differing authorities of the two agencies with regard to protecting pesticide handlers and agricultural workers from exposure to pesticides.
Guidance Documents:
Questions & Answers:
Wastewater is generated in a tank which is a hazardous waste for corrosivity only. It is then transferred to a second tank where it is neutralized and has the exemption. Is the first tank exempt or does it need to have a generator registration?
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-hazardous waste?
For TRI, this year's calculation shows that facility is under the threshold. Are we required to report ?
Does changing the frequency of inspections from weekly to monthly for facilities that receive infrequent fuel deliveries (1/year or less) constitute a technical change that requires a PE?
When questioning whether a chemical is reportable under SARA 312 Tier II what's the best way to make that determination? Other than exceeding the 10,000lb quanitity on hand, what makes a chemical reportable under Tier II?
My facility is considering reducing their hazardous machine coolant waste volume and is considering using thermal evaporation. Is thermal evaporation technology considered "treatment" of waste? If it is considered waste treatment, is a permit required?
Updated Documents
This paper form should only be submitted for TRI reports containing trade secrets. All other reports must be submitted electronically via TRIMEweb.
For any EPCRA Section 313 chemical whose identity is claimed as trade secret, you must submit two versions (sanitized and unsanitized) of the substantiation form to EPA as prescribed in 40 CFR Part 350, published July 29, 1988, in the Federal Register (53 FR 28772) as well as two versions of the EPCRA Section 313 report.
Guidance Documents:
Hazardous waste generators must comply with strict, and often, complicated regulations that take time (= money) to figure out. This report highlights 35 questions BLR® customers have asked and the answers provided by our environmental editors concerning hazardous waste storage and disposal.
Use this chart to check your state’s Tier II reporting requirements and find contact information.
EPA has revised its guidance for permitting for fracking activities that use diesel fuels.
40 CFR 62 Subpart III - Federal Plan - Table 1: Emissions Limits for CISWIs
40 CFR 62 Subpart III - Federal Plan - Table 2: Operating Limits for CISWIs
40 CFR 62 Subpart III - Federal Plan - Table 4: Reporting Requirements for CISWIs
40 CFR 62 Subpart III - Federal Plan - Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incinerators (CISWI)
Regulatory Analysis:
Effluent guidelines are national standards that are developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on an industry-by-industry basis. They may include any restriction established by a state or the EPA on quantities, rates, and concentrations of chemical, physical, biological, and other constituents discharged from point sources into navigable waters, the waters of the contiguous zone, or the ocean, including schedules of compliance.
When stormwater drains from a construction site, it carries sediment and other pollutants that harm lakes, streams, and wetlands. Controlling erosion from construction sites can significantly reduce the amount of sedimentation and other pollutants transported by stormwater runoff associated with construction activities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates stormwater discharges associated with construction activities through either the issuance of an individual permit or the Construction General Permit (CGP) in states where permitting authority has not been delegated. Most states are authorized to implement the stormwater NPDES permitting program.
Energy generation and the environment will always be very closely linked. The extraction and utilization of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas, to meet our nation's energy demands have significant impacts on our environment. In an effort to mitigate those impacts, regulations have been or are being established, and viable, sustainable energy alternatives are being developed.
Property transfers can trigger numerous environmental requirements. Site permits and environmental agreements require consideration before a transfer as they may require reapplication or transfer to the new responsible party. Deeds should be carefully reviewed to determine whether any environmental covenants, restrictions, or easements apply.
Businesses can save money by reducing the amount of materials and energy they consume and by recycling materials. A reduction and recycling policy that establishes an organization's strategies for reducing consumption and recycling can turn materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. Many companies have established Green Teams where employee members provide resources for waste reduction and recycling.
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) protects all sources of drinking water, including underground sources (aquifers). Under the SDWA, the underground injection control (UIC) program regulates any injection of waste into the subsurface. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) groups underground injection wells into six classes for regulatory control purposes.
In 1984, Congress responded to the increasing threat to groundwater posed by leaking underground storage tanks (USTs) by adding Subtitle I to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), through the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments, creating a federal program to regulate USTs containing petroleum and hazardous chemicals to limit corrosion and structural defects. The federal UST program also established operating requirements and technical standards for tank design and installation, leak detection, spill and overfill control, corrective action, and tank closure.
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.
Incineration is a treatment technology involving destruction of waste by controlled burning at high temperatures. Typically the waste destroyed is some type of solid waste, such as municipal waste, hazardous waste, medical waste, or sewage sludge. However, waste can also be a waste gas stream, in which case incineration acts as an air pollution control technology.
Responsibility for the various actions that make up the EPA enforcement program is divided among different offices, EPA regions, and state agencies. Headquarters is primarily responsible for setting national policy, investigating and pursuing some national cases, participating in cases raising nationally significant issues, monitoring regional and state activities, and providing technical support. The regions generally take primary responsibility for performing inspections, issuing administrative orders, preparing civil actions, monitoring compliance with administrative and judicial orders, and providing support to DOJ for ongoing lawsuits. In many cases, states have primary enforcement responsibility, although certain statutory programs cannot be authorized (e.g., the OPA program under Section 311 of the CWA). Even though states may take an enforcement action, if a state fails to take action, does not obtain acceptable results, or requests assistance, EPA may become involved.
Although climate change remains a topic surrounded by controversy and debate that is zealously supported on both sides, actions are being taken that necessitate businesses evaluate their overall GHG management strategy. Regardless of whether you are a believer or nonbeliever in the climate change issue, regulations are being developed and implemented to monitor and control GHG emissions, and those taking note of these actions will be able to remain in compliance with any applicable requirements and avoid enforcement actions from regulatory authorities.
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