EPA recently announced plans to amend certain hazardous waste regulations under RCRA at 40 C.F.R. Parts 261-265 in its Action Initiation List. According to EPA, the focus will be to streamline these regulations with the overall objective to make targeted, sensible improvements to the hazardous waste regulatory program.
The new proposal will address:
- the amount of time waste accumulates at a facility for the purposes of classifying the facility as a large waste generator;
- labeling standards for storage tanks and drums;
- closure requirements for tanks, containers, drip pads, and containment buildings; and
- certification standards for recyclable materials used in a manner constituting disposal.
Many hazardous waste generation regulations date to the 1980s. EPA and State regulatory leaders agree that a comprehensive review and update is timely.