Where to Send Your Hazardous Waste Contingency Plan

Large quantity hazardous waste generators as well as hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities must have a contingency plan for hazardous waste spills, fires, explosions. According to 40 CFR 262.34(a)4 and40 CFR 265.53, a copy of your facility's contingency plan should be kept at the facility, and copies should be submitted to all local police departments, fire departments, hospitals, and state and local emergency response teams that may be called upon to provide emergency services.

Pollution Prevention Ideas

EPA Regions III and IV have jointly produced a database of pollution prevention ideas, case studies, grants, vendors, and programs. It also includes links to state programs in these regions. Pollution prevention makes sense! Save money while protecting the environment. Please click here for details.

Guide Available to Assist in Hazardous Waste Determinations

The State of Connecticut has published a plain-English guide to using generator knowledge (as opposed to testing) when performing hazardous waste determinations. The guide refers exclusively to the federal regulations, so it would be helpful in most states. The guide recommends that hazardous waste determinations be updated annually or whenever there are changes in the waste. It also provides guidance as to when the use of generator knowledge is unacceptable. 

Wastewater Definition

Wastewater is defined as hazardous waste that contains less than one percent by weight total organic carbon and less than one percent by weight total suspended solids. Nonwastewater is any hazardous waste that does not meet the criteria for wastewater. These definitions are essential for determining which hazardous waste treatability group and treatment standards are applicable. For wastewaters, concentration-based treatment standards are typically higher for nonwastewaters than for wastewaters. Please click here for more information.

How Long Are You Required to Retain Monitoring Records, Copies of Reports, and Any Other Paperwork Affiliated With Your Facility's Storm Water Permit?

According to 40 CFR 122.41(j), all records must be retained for at least 3 years. This record-keeping requirement may be extended at the permitting authority's discretion.


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