Chemical engineering professional Todd Pencarinha is the president of Altiras, a Houston, Texas-based beneficial reuse company. In his role at Altiras, Todd Pencarinha keeps abreast of changes in the regulatory environment and keeps clients informed about upcoming changes. Mr. Pencarinha was recently asked whether there were any changes pending for 2017 and his response is posted below.
On October 28, 2016, the EPA Administrator signed the final “Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule.”
According to the EPA, the rule changes 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.” The changes to the regulations will go into effect on May 30, 2017.
Here is an overview of the changes that can impact waste generators:
1. Reorganization of the Hazardous Waste Generator Regulations and modifies the organization of the Preamble.
2. Changes to 40 CFR Part 260, which covers definitions
3. Changes to 40 CFR Part 261, which covers the identification and listing of hazardous wastes
4. Changes to 40 CFR Part 262, which covers the standards applicable to generators of hazardous waste
5. Additional changes to 40 CFR Part 262 for generators that would ordinarily have changed status due to an episodic event
6. Additional changes to 40 CFR Part 262 clarifying expectations related to Preparedness, Prevention, and Emergency Procedures for SQG’s and LQG’s
7. Technical corrections and changes to 40 CFR Part 257
8. New discussion of “Electronic Tools to Streamline Hazardous Waste Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements”
The above information can also be found on the Altiras website blog pages, where Mr. Pencarinha initiated a series to further discuss and elaborate on each of the eight changes listed above. A link to that blog is here: http://altiras.com/2017/01/05/new-changes-to-requirements-for-hazardous-waste-generators-part-1/