The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) long-awaited final rule for managing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals generated by healthcare facilities was finalized and published in the Federal Register on February 22, 2019. This rule had its origins in the EPA’s 2008 Universal Waste proposal for pharmaceutical waste – and perhaps even earlier based on comments to the EPA from retailers.Continue reading “EPA’s New Pharmaceutical Rule – Origin and Reason for the Rule”
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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.
Continue reading “New EPA Generator Rule Part Four: Revisions that Apply to Very Small Quantity Generators”
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.
Continue reading “New EPA Generator Rule Part Three: Hazardous Waste Determination”
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.