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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).
White Papers:
As sometimes described by advocates, the prospects of nanotechnology, nanomaterials, and nano-manufactured products seem to have few limits.
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.
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?
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.
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