Posts Tagged ‘Hazardous Waste’

Inspection Requirements of Hazardous Waste Containers

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

“All containers used to hold hazardous waste are required to be in “good” condition. This means that the container cannot be rusty, have structural defects, or leak. If any of these conditions exist, the waste has to be transferred to a container in good condition, and any contamination must be cleaned up.”

Containers holding hazardous waste must be closed at all times, except when adding or removing waste. The container may not be stored, handled, or opened in any way that would cause it to leak or rupture (e.g., the containers should not be stacked vertically). (more…)

What’s Not a Solid or Hazardous Waste

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Certain materials are excluded from the definition of solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). If a material is not a solid waste, it cannot be a hazardous waste. In other words; for a material to be a hazardous waste it must first meet the definition of a solid waste.

The following materials are deemed not to be solid wastes and, therefore, are not hazardous wastes:

  • Domestic sewage and mixtures of domestic sewage and other wastes that pass through a sewer system to a Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) facility for treatment. EPA interprets this exclusion to also apply to waste mixtures that pass through a Federally Owned Treatment Works (FOTW) facility.
  • Industrial wastewater discharges that are point source discharges subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This exclusion only applies at the discharge point where the wastes are first subject to CWA regulation. Many industrial facilities that treat wastewater on-site use this point source discharge exclusion.
  • Irrigation return flows.


Do You Need a Containment Building for Your Hazardous Waste?

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

A containment building is a totally enclosed, self-supporting structure with walls, a floor, and a roof that is used to store hazardous waste. It is designed and constructed of man-made materials with sufficient strength to be self-supporting.

A containment building is, itself, the waste management unit and is not just a building in which waste piles are stored. It is similar to tanks, containers, and drip pads in that they are all hazardous waste management units into which placement of waste does not constitute land disposal (which would trigger, as a result, compliance with the land disposal restrictions (LDRs)). Of course, the hazardous waste stored in the containment building must be treated to meet LDR treatment standards before its land disposal. (more…)

Lists of Hazardous Wastes You Should Know

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established two ways of identifying solid wastes as hazardous under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations; keeping in mind that according to EPA’s definition of a solid waste, a solid waste can be either a liquid or solid.

First, a waste may be considered hazardous if it exhibits certain hazardous properties or “characteristics.” EPA’s regulations define four hazardous waste properties that, if exhibited, identify a waste as a “characteristic hazardous waste”. They include Ignitability, Corrosivity, Reactivity, and Toxicity

The second way to tell if a waste is hazardous is if it is included on a specific RCRA list that EPA has determined are hazardous. These “listed wastes” are placed on a list because EPA finds them to pose substantial present or potential hazards to human health or the environment, as summarized below. (more…)

Emergency Response – Are You Prepared for a Spill

Friday, May 24th, 2013

While some companies have comprehensive emergency response plans and strategies that address chemical spills, others are just now taking the steps necessary to identify potential chemical spill scenarios and evaluate the impact to employees, the environment and the general public. Sadly, there are other companies that have no plans in place and will do nothing until an incident occurs…bad decision!

If a company stores, uses or transports hazardous chemicals, there is the possibility of a spill. While federal and state regulations mandate minimum spill management and cleanup requirements, it is ultimately the responsibility of the company to keep employees and the general public safe and the environment clean. Companies can better prepare for a chemical spill by providing first responders with information and knowledge to recognizing different types of spills and how to initially respond. (more…)

Does Your Facility Generate Hazardous Waste?

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Is your facility a hazardous waste generator, and if so, do you know what kind of generator you are? Many companies are often surprised to discover that they generate regulated waste and exactly how much they generate. A facility can be considered a hazardous waste generator if they generate trigger amounts of less hazardous substances like oil-based paint to the most extreme hazardous substances like hydrofluoric acid.

If a company generates a certain amount of hazardous waste they’re required to register with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and obtain an EPA Identification Number (EPA ID Number). State and local agencies may also have registration, fee, and regulatory requirements that need to be adhered too. (more…)

We Talk About it All the Time, but Just What is a Chemical Hazard?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

A chemical of relatively low hazard can present substantial risk and, in turn, a chemical with a high hazard might present no measurable risk under certain circumstances.

There are thousands, if not millions, of chemical substances in the world’s marketplace, and in our homes, schools, churches, workplaces, public facilities and in the environment at large. Chemicals are found everywhere. Chemicals are necessary and for the most part good; they purify drinking water, increase crop production, simplify household chores, and are used to manufacture many, if not all, products and goods. However, chemicals can also be hazardous to humans and the environment when used improperly or released uncontrollably. Hazardous uncontrolled chemical releases can occur during production, storage, transportation, handling, use, or disposal. You, your workplace, and your community are at risk if a chemical is released in harmful concentrations into the environment where you live, work, and play. (more…)