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May 25th, 2016

EPA to update Hazardous Waste Generator regulations

U.S. EPA is currently reviewing comments to its proposed rule to update Hazardous Waste Generator regulations.  Most of these epa_logo2regulations are over 30 years old from when the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste amendments originally became law in 1984.  Today there are an estimated 353,300 – 544,300 facilities that generate hazardous waste across the U.S.  14,300 are classified as Large-Quantity Generators (LQGs) which generate 99% of the total hazardous waste produced each year.

The proposed rule includes provisions to:

  • Reorganize hazardous waste generator rules to make them easier to understand
  • Clarify provisions to improve compliance
  • Provide greater flexibility to generators
  • Strengthen environmental protection by closing important gaps where necessary

EPA states that these updated regulations will provide both economic and environmental benefits.  They anticipate this rulemaking will be finalized in 2016 and will be effective at the federal level six months after promulgation.

More information and specifics can be found on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste Generators webpage.

May 19th, 2016

Gabriel will be closed on Monday, May 30th

mem day

In honor of Memorial Day, Gabriel’s offices will be closed on Monday, May 30th, 2016.

May 11th, 2016

Chicago River Day is this Saturday, May 14th

chicago river day volunteers

Help clean up the Chicago river system this Saturday, May 14, 2016 during the annual Chicago River Day event. This metro-wide volunteer day spans the river’s 156-mile system and runs from 9 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Volunteers will work along the river banks and help to remove tons of litter and sort out recyclables, but can also support construction of river trails, remove invasive vegetation, and plant native plants.

At most sites, the minimum age for volunteers is eight years old.

Chicago River Day will proceed rain or shine.

For locations and registration information, visit the Friends of the Chicago River website.

May 4th, 2016

EPA launches new Superfund database

EPA has launched the ‘Superfund Enterprise Management Systemepa_logo2 (SEMS) as a replacement database for the retired ‘Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Information System’ (CERCLIS) database.

SEMS contains sites that are either proposed to be, or are on, the National Priorities List (NPL) as well as sites that are in the screening and assessment phase for possible inclusion on the NPL. EPA’s Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of the nation’s most contaminated land and responding to environmental emergencies, oil spills and natural disasters.

Gabriel reviews nearby Superfund and NPL sites when conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments.  Our regulatory database search provider has updated their databases to include SEMS information.  Gabriel’s Phase I reports will now include SEMS data instead of CERCLIS data.

If you have questions about how Gabriel uses SEMS information in our Phase Is, contact Natalie Neuman at 773-486-2123 or nneuman[at]gabenv.com.