Texas Business Radio Interviews Altiras President Todd Pencarinha

Below is a link to a recent interview I did with Texas Business Radio where I discuss the past, present, and future of Altiras businesses.

Texas Business Radio Interview



Can my Hazardous Secondary Materials be applied to the land?

The answer is “yes”.  Environmental professionals often believe that land application is not acceptable for any type of hazardous secondary material (ie. hazardous chemical coproducts, byproducts, or used chemicals), but this is simply not the case.  While RCRA and state regulations do ban land application as “use constituting disposal” for many materials, use of certain hazardous secondary materials in land application IS ACCEPTABLE under certain conditions.   Specifically, if the hazardous secondary material has a corresponding prime chemical that is normally used in such land application then use of the secondary material may be permissible.  the key to success is ensuring that the hazardous secondary material has no “toxics along for the ride” and that it is not a listed waste.  If these criteria can be met, then the material may be able to be used in a land application.  Careful evaluation of the ultimate disposition of each of the potentially hazardous constituents should be made to ensure risks are no different for use of the corresponding prime product.

For a specific example of this type of land application, please see our blog entitled “Can my former sulfuric acid waste be used to make fertilizer?

For more information about this topic, for general questions about beneficial reuse, or for more information about Altiras, please contact Todd Pencarinha at 713-568-3651.

Can my Hazardous Secondary Materials be distilled before being beneficially used?

Generally hazardous secondary materials can not be distilled without  being considered a hazardous waste and requiring shipment on a hazardous waste manifest.  By definition, a hazardous secondary material is a waste if distilled prior to use and therefore is still considered a hazardous waste.  If distillation is required, then the material must be either shipped to a RCRA Part B permitted facility or shipped to a facility that is under the control of the generator where the hazardous secondary material would be specifically excluded from being a hazardous waste.  There are limited other exceptions to this, but in general shipping such a material for recycling will make it a hazardous waste.

Altiras believes that distillation of hazardous secondary materials is one of the top violations of RCRA regulations by brokers and intermediaries who either don’t understand the regulations or willfully violate them, unbeknownst to the generators of the materials they serve.  For more information on the regulations regarding proper handling of these types of materials, or for more information about Altiras chemical recycling, reclamation, and recovery, please contact Todd Pencarinha at 713-568-3651 or email us at info@altiras.com.

Quality Assurance with Altiras

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Altiras Recovery
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Todd Pencarinha has led the chemical and fuel beneficial reuse business Altiras in Houston, Texas, since 2010. As company president, Todd Pencarinha has developed and launched five unique business units emphasizing various aspects of the beneficial reuse industry.

Mr. Pencarinha ensures that Altiras provides an array of services when it comes to the beneficial reuse of chemical and fuel byproducts and co-products, including services involving certain off-spec, used, and surplus chemicals. With such a broad selection of services, Altiras has taken the steps necessary to ensure that all of their clients enjoy a high-quality reuse experience.

The Altiras quality assurance program makes use of a six-sigma approach, which encompasses several statistically driven processes and comprehensive product testing. The six-sigma approach involves breaking down each phase of the beneficial chemical and fuel reuse process, allowing the Altiras management team to closely examine their services and optimize their clients’ experience.

Perhaps most importantly, the Altiras management team documents all aspects of their quality assurance program, providing clients with the peace of mind that is the essence of any effective quality assurance program. More information on quality assurance can be found at the Altiras website, www.altiras.com.