EPA's Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule

PUBLISHED: Feb 6, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule becomes effective on May 30, 2017. According to the EPA, the rule finalizes a much-needed update to the hazardous waste generator regulations to make the rules easier to understand, facilitate better compliance, provide greater flexibility in how hazardous waste is managed, and close important gaps in the regulations.

Two key provisions in the final rule include:

  • 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 very small quantity generator (VSQG) to send its hazardous waste to a large quantity generator under control of the same person.

In addition to finalizing the key flexibilities described above, the rule enhances the safety of facilities, employees, and the general public by improving hazardous waste risk communication and ensuring that emergency management requirements meet today’s needs.

Further, the EPA is finalizing a number of clarifications without increasing burden including a reorganization of the hazardous waste generator regulations so that all of the generator regulations are in one place.

Follow the link below for additional information about this final rule, including links to frequently asked questions and recordings of webinars about the final rule.

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