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.Tags: EPA, hazardous waste