The new rule changed the name of the Generator Classification for those persons that produce the least amount of waste from Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator to Very Small Quantity Generator. There are Limited Requirements under both the previous regulations and the new final rule.
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One of the most important, but often misunderstood parts of the hazardous waste (HW) regulations is the “Hazardous Waste Determination” that must be made by HW generators. As it is misunderstood, it is typically not done correctly. From different agency analyses, generators consistently fail to make an accurate hazardous waste determination, leading to the mismanagement of hazardous waste.
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A hazardous waste generator, by rule, is an entity, by site, whose acts or processes generate (produce or bring about) a solid waste that is:
- listed in the hazardous waste regulations,
- determined to be a characteristically hazardous, or
- otherwise identified as a hazardous waste.
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With this new rule, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing revisions to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s (RCRA) hazardous waste generator regulatory program proposed on September 25, 2015.
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Part One: Framework of Rule”
There has been an explosion of news coverage recently concerning issues with pharmaceuticals. There is an opioid epidemic, causing concerns for the proper management of opioids — mostly prescribed pills of pain relief opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin. There is also a high level of environmental concern reflecting the disposal of medications of all types, as there are many studies that have been completed on the impacts of human-use pharmaceuticals on water habitats.
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