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EPA’s Proposed Rule for Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements

The EPA is proposing the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule to update the hazardous waste generator regulations. This rule would make the regulations easier to understand and comply with, and provided needed clarification on gaps in the current regulations.

The proposed rule would allow greater flexibility for episodic generation of hazardous waste. Currently, facilities are allowed a one-time exemption for exceeding their generator status thresholds. Sporadic increased waste generation can occur due to events such as lab clean outs, which can happened more than once. Other areas that are considered in the proposed rule are emergency planning and preparedness, determination of hazardous waste, labeling, reporting, closure, and other clarifications.

This proposed rule is open for public comment until November 25, 2015.  If you have not had a chance to review this proposed rule or attend an EPA hosted public webinar, now would be a good time to take a look!

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