Changes to Requirements for Hazardous Waste Generators for 2017

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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:



mainimage5-274x300Houston TX – Altiras Recovery, a wholly owned subsidiary of Altiras Holdings, announced today that it will build a new research and development laboratory in Houston, TX near the company’s headquarters.

According to Altiras President Todd Pencarinha, “The new lab will provide critical research and project development support for various company projects across North America.”  The new lab will be located in Houston’s energy corridor, near the company’s headquarters.  It will be equipped with all the necessary research tools and instrumentation and Altiras will also build a pilot distillation system capable of batch or continuous operation to support it’s solvent recovery projects in Puerto Rico and the continental US.  Altiras Research and Development Manager Mark Myers will head up the Lab and manage its operation.  Pencarinha added “this new lab is core to Altiras’ strategy to grow through new solvent recovery beneficial use projects.”


Altiras is a beneficial use company in the chemical and fuels marketplaces, headquartered in Houston, Texas, that finds value in chemicals and fuels that might otherwise be disposed. Altiras provides innovative chemical and fuel solutions for customers throughout the world by providing quality-assured products to help our customers maintain product quality at significant savings to traditional prime product purchases. For more information, please visit:


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