Last year, Cook County passed the Liquid Hazardous Waste Ordinance which requires facilities in suburban Cook County to report their annual liquid hazardous waste generation and submit a corresponding fee. The inaugural Liquid Hazardous Waste Annual report for the period January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016 is due September 1, 2016.
Any facilities with less than 420 gallons of liquid hazardous waste in this time period still need to complete the form by the deadline but no fee will be assessed. All facilities with greater than 420 gallons of liquid hazardous waste must include a $0.02/gallon fee with their report.
All liquid hazardous waste generated from July 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 will be reported on a separate form due March 1, 2017.
For all liquid hazardous waste generated each year after 2016, the reporting period is January – December, and the annual report and fee is due March 1st of the following year.
Failure to submit this form on time may result in fines up to $10,000 for each offense.
If you need assistance completing this form, contact Gabriel’s Water Department at 773-486-2123 or waterdept[at]gabenv.com, or Steve Sawyer, CHMM, at 773-486-2123 or ssawyer[at]gabenv.com.
U.S. EPA is currently reviewing comments to its proposed rule to update Hazardous Waste Generator regulations. Most of these regulations 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.
Occasionally we get Phase I orders from developers or others interested in purchasing a vacant lot, and they wonder why they are spending money on the environmental assessment when there is barely anything to inspect. No building or structures. No visible signs of drums or fly dumping. Just a standard urban lot, waiting for development.
Sometimes this innocent looking vacant lot can actually be masking an environmental problem. Take, for example, a vacant lot located on a busy stretch of Elston Avenue, just south of Fullerton. Nothing on this property indicates that there are any potential issues – just weeds and a chain link fence. A less-savvy investor may purchase the property for cash without any environmental due diligence and think they’re getting a steal. What they’re actually getting is an EPA Superfund site.