Objectives of the Presentation
The following are some key learning objectives for this webinar:
Why Should you Attend
- For the participants to understand how the final rule affects them
- To explain why EPA promulgated this role at this time
- To address the benefits of these revisions to the generator requirements
- To explain how and why the hazardous-waste generator regulations will be organized
- To address when the rule will become effective; and explain whether or not states must adopt this rule
- To make participants aware of requirements to that they may be prepared.
Are you a hazardous waste generator? How will the EPA's updates to the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule affect your business? Could your company be at risk for noncompliance?
The U.S. EPA published the anticipated Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Final Rule in November, 2016. This regulation affects all hazardous waste generators regardless of size, in any industry or geographical location governed by the United States. The Federal effective date is May 30, 2017.
EPA's Final Rule on Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements revises and updates the hazardous waste generator regulations. It is designed to make regulations easier to understand and to provide greater flexibility and explains how hazardous waste is managed in order to fit today's Business activities. The revisions are also designed to protect the public by improving facility safety as it relates to hazardous waste generation and management. Further the rule improves the capabilities of the emergency responders by improving risk communication. The new rule responds to feedback from the regulatory community such as the federal regulators who implement the requirements, state agencies that also implemented the requirements and other stakeholders. All of this represents a significant investment in time and energy that resulted in many challenges in the EPA hazardous waste generator program.
The following areas will be covered during this webinar:
Who will Benefit
- The background of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
- Issues surrounding the 1980 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
- Provisions to increase flexibility for generators of hazardous waste
- Improvements to environmental protection
- Provisions to improve generator compliance
- Concerns expressed concerning the 1980 act by those implementing the act
- Reorganization of the hazardous waste generator regulations
Anyone and everyone who has had experience with existing Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and its regulations should attend this webinar. This would include corporate, divisional and plant personnel. Anyone working in the health, safety or environmental area will benefit from this webinar.
The EPA hazardous waste generator regulatory program was originally promulgated in 1980. Over the last 36 or so years the agency as promulgated numerous regulations as part of implementing the hazardous waste program. During this time the agency has become aware of ambiguities, inconsistencies, gaps in the general lack of flexibility in the regulations. This rulemaking is designed to address these issues to create a program that is more effective in protecting human health and the environment. The EPA proposed these changes in late 2015 and has received more than 200 comments from those implementing the regulations such as state and local governments, the waste generating industry, the industry that manages hazardous waste, retailers, the energy sector, academia and many others.