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

 

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Do you have a great idea in Beneficial Reuse? Talk to Altiras.

If you have a great idea in the area of beneficial reuse and you are looking for a company to provide legal, technical, regulatory, marketing or business expertise then Altiras may be able to help.  Altiras Holdings actively seeks investment opportunities in recycling, recovering, and processing of hazardous and non-hazardous secondary materials and hazardous wastes such as used solvents, chemical coproducts, chemical byproducts, residues, and various petroleum products.  Examples can include building specialized recycling plants, developing technology to process otherwise unusable hazardous wastes, and deploying various other types of assets to help consolidate and recover hazardous and non-hazardous secondary materials.

If you have an idea that you would like to discuss confidentially, please contact Todd Pencarinha at 713-568-3651.

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.