(Brookfield, WI – January 2, 2017) PharmEcology Services, WM Sustainability Services
The EPA Administrator signed the Final Rule: Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements on October 28, 2016 and it was published in the Federal Register (FR) on November 28, 2016. The Final Rule and additional information can be accessed at https://www.epa.gov/hwgenerators/final-rule-hazardous-waste-generator-improvements.
This final rule includes approximately 60 changes to the hazardous waste generator regulations that clarify existing requirements, increase flexibility, and improve environmental protection. These changes also reorganize the regulations to make them easier to follow and make certain technical corrections. Some examples of the changes in the final rule include the following:
In addition to the above, the Final Rule addresses technical corrections to inadvertent errors in the regulations, obsolete programs, and unclear citations.
EPA is not finalizing certain provisions it proposed and took comment on in response to comments received in the public comment period. These include documentation of non-hazardous waste determinations; maintaining hazardous waste determinations until the facility closes; notification to the state or EPA of closure of a waste accumulation unit at a facility; requiring labeling hazardous waste units with the contents of the container; certain revisions to the drip pad requirements; and documentation of weekly inspections.
The rule will be effective May 30, 2017 federally, six months after its publication date in the Federal Register on November 28, 2016, though in most states, the state must adopt the rule before it becomes effective.
A webinar discussing the new rule, presented by EPA, can be accessed at https://clu-in.org/conf/tio/hwgenerators_113016/.