EPA Proposes Revisions to Hazardous Waste Management Rules
This rule proposes a much-needed update to 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. Two key provisions where EPA is proposing flexibility are: 1) Allowing a hazardous waste generator to avoid increased burden of a higher generator status when generating episodic waste provided the episodic waste is properly managed; and 2) Allowing a conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) to send its hazardous waste to a large quantity generator under control of the same person. Further, the EPA is proposing a number clarifications without increasing burden including a reorganization of the hazardous waste generator regulations so that all of the generator regulations are in one place. A pre-publication version of the rule is available at this website. Once published in the Federal Register, a link to the the rule will be found in the Regulatory Watch > Drafts section of Fedcenter.gov.