Many manufacturing and heavy construction companies should already be aware of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). This allows the EPA the authority to control hazardous waste across several industries. RCRA sets regulations for the generation, transportation, treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste. Additionally, RCRA has guidelines for non-hazardous solid waste.
The Definition of Solid Waste Rule was implemented to maintain protection in human health and the environmental from mismanagement of recycling hazardous secondary materials. Unfortunately, this rule discourages facilities from recycling, thus avoiding RCRA rules. Right now, inspectors can inquire about solid waste determinations that companies used. If facilities are not able to show proper documentation on why and how a recycled material does not meet hazwaste requirements. If inspectors find this unsatisfactory, facilities can incur RCRA fines up to $50,000 a day. Thanks to the new increase in regulatory agency fines.
The DSW rule was aimed to reduce high levels of RCRA noncompliance. However, industry trends indicate that many manufacturers are already taking steps and measures to maintain compliance or bring their facilities into compliance.
Here’s 3 scenarios where DSW won’t affect RCRA requirements:
If you have questions about secondary hazardous materials, contact an SRP Environmental Consultant today at (318) 222-2364. SRP has been providing turnkey environmental, health and safety services to a variety of industries for over 20 years. SPR has seven convenient locations in Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Midland, Pittsburgh and Shreveport.