11 Compliance Tips for Containers That Hold Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste containers are the most common unit used to store and transport hazardous waste because they are relatively cheap and easy to handle compared to tanks and surface impoundments. Also, containers are a good option for hazardous waste handlers who want to store, transport, and dispose of hazardous waste without changing the unit.   Continue Reading…

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA): Applicable to Companies That Manufacture, Import, or Export Hazardous Chemicals

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires that anyone who wants to manufacture or import a chemical not listed on the TSCA list of chemicals must notify the EPA at least 90 days before producing or importing the new chemical substance. TSCA also imposes reporting requirements for anyone who exports hazardous chemicals subject to TSCA. TSCA Continue Reading…

A Quick Guide for Universal Waste Handlers to Stay On Top of Requirements

Below is an easy-to-read chart that identifies the regulations that affect each generator type…   Small Quantity Handler of Universal Waste Large Quantity Handler of Universal Waste Universal Waste Transporter Universal Waste Designation Facilities Prohibitions 40 CFR 273.11 40 CFR 273.31 40 CFR 273.51 Comply with RCRA TSDF requirements Notifications 40 CFR 273.12–no requirements 40 Continue Reading…

What Are the Top Environmental Violations? See What the EPA Says…

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) performs its mission of protecting human health and the environment by providing research, monitoring our environment, as well as setting and enforcing environmental standards. The EPA performs inspections throughout a variety of industries but similar violations tend to dominate each industry. Below are some of these industries along with their most prevalent violations… Healthcare Continue Reading…

A Checklist of Hazmat Operations for Companies that Transport Hazardous Materials

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), through its hazardous material regulations (HMRs), specifies requirements for the safe transportation of hazardous materials in commerce by rail, aircraft, vessel, and motor vehicle. DOT has general requirements for the loading, unloading, handling, and storage of explosives and hazardous materials as well as specific modal requirements. DOT has requirements at Continue Reading…

Requirements You Need to Make Sure Are In Your Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Plan

The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Health and Safety Plan (HASP) applies to cleanup operations required by government agencies at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites, corrective actions involving cleanup at Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)-regulated sites, and voluntary cleanup at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites, the clean up can take place with the help Continue Reading…

Tips on Conducting a Smooth Inspection for Your Business

Facility operators don’t have much time to prepare for a inspection after a notice arrives.  It’s best to talk to Raleigh, NC business attorney and have procedures in place to handle how to handle an inspection. Most facility operators know their inspectors and have long-standing relationships.  Make sure to realize that an inspectors job is Continue Reading…

Tips on Responding to a Notice of Violation (NOV) or Enforcement Order

If your facility is found to be out-of-compliance, use the following tips… Make Sure to have a procedure in place to respond to a Notice of Violation (NOV), an enforcement order, etc. The person responsible for responding needs to be given a copy of the NOV as soon as possible and management officials need be Continue Reading…

Are Your Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Properly Marked? Fines Can Be Large!

PCB labeling Requirements If items were not originally labeled by their manufacturer, the owner must label items that may contain PCBs. Standard PCB labels are square and come in 1-in. increments from 2 in. x 2 in. to 6 in. x 6 in. If the standard PCB label is too large to fit on a piece of Continue Reading…

Do You Have Waste That Has One of the EPA’s 4 Hazardous Properties? Is It On a Toxic Waste List? See How the EPA Breaks It Down So You Aren’t Surprised…

Determining If Waste is a Hazardous Waste The EPA’s RCRA regulations establish two ways to classify solid wastes as a hazardous waste. The first way is that if the waste has ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity, it is determined to be a hazardous waste. The second way is if the waste is included on a specific Continue Reading…