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Update to the CAA: How the EPA's Refrigerant Management Program Has Changed

Posted by Rick Foote on Mon, Nov 27, 2017

In the fall of 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated Section 608 of the Clean Air Act (CAA), the National Recycling and Emission Reduction Program, by extending ozone-depleting refrigerants to include substitutes like hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). These changes strengthen the existing program, effectively reducing climate-damaging emissions from air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.

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Tags: Clean Air Act, EPA, higher education, refrigerants, stratospheric ozone layer, healthcare, industrial, life sciences

EPA Awards North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality $1 Million Hazardous Waste Grant

Posted by Josh Chronopoulos on Mon, Oct 23, 2017

On September 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) for the third time in fiscal year 2017 with $1,018,260. This monetary award was given to NCDEQ to support their hazardous waste programs. Initially, the EPA awarded $1,352,976 to NCDEQ to support their hazardous waste-related environmental programs. I wanted to give you some perspective on two recent visits that my clients received from NCDEQ, and discuss how these visits can be a good thing and not something generators should be nervous about. If you would like to learn more about the specifics please click here.

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Tags: RCRA, hazardous waste, EPA, North Carolina

2018 Biennial Report: Who Needs to Submit?

Posted by Matt Teeter on Mon, Sep 04, 2017

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requires large quantity waste generators to submit a report every two years detailing their hazardous waste activities generated in the year prior. This is referred to as a Biennial Report or the National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report.

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Tags: RCRA, hazardous waste, EPA, eh&s, RCRA hazardous waste, large quantity generators, biennial reports, biennial reporting, reporting, biennial report

Q&A Series: 7 Hot-Button Questions (and Answers) Regarding the EPA's Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule Revisions

Posted by Gigi Dambreville on Thu, Dec 29, 2016

This past October, the EPA signed the final Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule to provide greater flexibility to hazardous waste generators and clarification around certain components of the hazardous generator program in an effort to improve compliance and environmental protection. Some revisions appear to be more lenient than existing regulations, while others are more stringent. I recently delivered a webinar on this topic and provide answers to some of the most common questions received.

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Tags: EPA regulations, EPA, generator status, waste generators, generators, haz waste disposal

5 Reasons Why RCRA Training Should Interest You

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Mon, Nov 28, 2016

I attended one of our very own RCRA hazardous waste trainings today.  RCRA training is necessary to your success at your job if you’re dealing with the waste your company generates. RCRA is not just another set of regulations to make your job more difficult and complex. It has an interesting and important history and function within your organization. Not sure what I mean? Here are the top 5 reasons you want to get RCRA trained.

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Tags: RCRA, hazardous waste, EPA

[QUIZ] Are You Prepared For an Emergency Response Situation?

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Mon, Aug 29, 2016


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Tags: EPA, emergency plan

Regulatory Penalties Increasing Soon! What  You Need to Know (Article Round Up)

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Wed, Jul 06, 2016

Keep reading for a round up of articles that will tell you what you need to know about upcoming penalty increases for major regulatory bodies.

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Tags: EPA, OSHA, PHMSA, compliance

Here’s How the Latest Regulation from the EPA Will Affect Your Pharmaceutical Disposal Practices

Posted by Pat Doyle on Thu, Mar 10, 2016

The EPA made waves last year by putting forth Subpart P of 40 CFR 266 in order to better regulate the disposal of solid pharmaceutical wastes that are often improperly disposed of “down the drain”. This new regulation calls for solid pharmaceuticals to be treated more like hazardous waste than their own class of waste that is disposed of frequently in small quantities. A broad swath of companies from rehab clinics to veterinary clinics to chiropractors will be affected by this regulation, and since compliance is mandatory, it’s important to get the facts straight. Here’s how your facility will be affected by 40 CFR 266 Subpart P.

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Tags: EPA, compliance, pharmaceutical waste

Must Know Regulatory Updates: EPA Edition

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Mon, Oct 05, 2015

The EPA has been busy this month. With a range of suggested and confirmed updates to regulations, we pulled together a list of recent changes to help you keep track. For all the most recent updates in your industry, sign up for our monthly newsletter here.

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Tags: Clean Air Act, RCRA, EPA

Hazardous Waste Exporting and Reporting: Requirements

Posted by Brooke Brady on Fri, Feb 06, 2015

As hazardous waste generators, we are all pretty familiar with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) biennial reporting requirements—even if they don’t directly apply to us. The hazardous waste export reporting requirements found in 40 CFR 262.56, however, are due on the same date and are much less familiar. 

Unless your hazardous waste is being transported from your facility to a TSDF outside the U.S., which is not usually the case, your hazardous waste transporter is generally deemed the “primary exporter” and is responsible for fulfilling all applicable federal requirements—like the annual export report.  Even though the waste generator is not responsible for submitting the reports or filing notifications with the EPA, they are responsible for their waste from “cradle-to-grave” and should be educated enough to know whether their hazardous waste transporter is complying with regulations.

What are the federal requirements for exporting hazardous waste?

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Tags: hazardous waste, EPA, reporting requirements,

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