Our facilities newsletters are designed to help you stay up-to-date on ever-changing environmental rules, regulations, and other pertinent issues related to the Manufacturing, Chemical, and Production industries.
The EPA’s proposed Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule was signed on August 31, 2015, and will be published in the Federal Register within the next few weeks. The intent of the proposed rule is to stream line hazardous waste generator regulations making it easier to understand to facilitate better compliance. Additionally, the EPA hopes that the proposed rule will provide greater flexibility in how hazardous waste is managed, and close important gaps in the regulations.
Two key provisions where EPA is proposing flexibility are:
Allowing a hazardous waste generator to avoid increased burden of a higher generator status when generating episodic waste provided the episodic waste is properly managed and
Allowing a conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) to send its hazardous waste to a large quantity generator under control of the same person.
As stated in our previous newsletter, we cannot stress enough the importance of emergency preparedness in the event of catastrophic weather. To assist in understanding your facility’s vulnerability, the EPA has created a Storm Surge Inundation and Hurricane Strike Frequency Map which provides easy access to critical flood-related information about your location, including: historical hurricane strike frequency, 100 and 500 year storm Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) flood plains, and worst-case storm surge inundation.
As we enter Fall and the holiday season consumerism leads to more waste in landfills. It takes continual effort to strive to reduce waste; let alone, strive for zero waste. But, that is exactly what some people, businesses, and communities are aiming for. “Can it be done?” is always the question asked; however, we are being shown that it can be accomplished. Zero waste is being defined as nothing sent to landfill or incineration. The city of San Francisco is aiming to be a zero waste city by 2020. New York City set a goal in April of 2015 to send zero waste to landfills and reduce waste disposal by 90 percent relative to 2005 levels, by 2030. To make this a reality it is going to take work from every individual and every business. Incorporating waste reduction in your facility should assessed on a continually basis. Start the fall season off with developing and implementing plans for zero waste! It is achievable!
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