Resource Conservation and Recovery (RCRA) Articles

  • Chesapeake Bay Expert analysis and litigation support - case study

    Chesapeake Bay, Maryland The Summary Our experts review reports, analyze state and federal hazardous waste regulations, and provide consulting services and opinions during the course of litigation connected to the cleanup of a former steel mill on Chesapeake Bay. The Client A regional, private-sector ...


    By AlterEcho

  • RCRA and CERCLA Hazardous Waste Sites - case study

    Expert management oversight and support at polluted sites Nationwide The Summary For more than a quarter-century, we provided a wide range of scientific and regulatory expertise on enforcement, permitting and corrective action at some of the nation's most polluted hazardous waste sites. The Client ...


    By AlterEcho

  • Supporting best in class performance case study

    Challenge: A precious metals refiner retained Antea Group to evaluate and improve their EHS programs with the end goal of achieving best in class EHS performance among the industry as a way to differentiate itself and create additional business opportunity.   As their current New Jersey industrial facility with deteriorating infrastructure was recognized as a significant ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Groundwater & Wastewater applications notes

    The Clean Water Act (CWA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) were designed to limit the amount of contaminants that are discharged into waterways and combat the level of organic pollution in the environment. Horizon Technology takes a strong stand on these topics and offers many Application Notes regarding the ...


    By Horizon Technology, Inc.

  • Managing RCRA statistical requirements to minimize ground water monitoring costs

    Abstract This paper will provide an overview of how ground water monitoring statistical choices can significantly impact a facility's ground water monitoring costs. For example, a recent study analyzed the long term ground-water monitoring cost impacts of different statistical analysis approaches on over 20 landfills. The study found that the choice of statistical approach can make over a ...


    By Sanitas Technologies

  • EPA Proposes Revisions to RCRA Definition of Solid Waste

    On June 30, 2011, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson signed a proposed rule seeking to narrow certain recycling exemptions under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA) "Definition of Solid Waste" (DSW) provisions. The rule should be published in the Federal Register within the next two weeks. A pre-publication copy of the rule and related ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Centralized Waste Management in the Utility Industry

    Companies are struggling to manage and track their waste according to RCRA guidelines. But waste management has been an even greater challenge in the utility industry given the unpredictable and dispersed nature of waste generation in the utility sector. This white paper discusses the unique business challenges utilities face in managing and tracking waste according to EPA rules and regulations. ...


    By Enviance, Inc.

  • Financial assurance and long-term stewardship

    While financial reporting is a SEC requirement for all publicly traded companies, financial assurance is a requirement of regulatory authorities and applies to all responsible parties, whether publicly or privately held. Here the author tackles the question of the financial impact on companies if the scope of liabilities requiring financial assurance were increased and, as a result, they failed ...


    By AHC Group

  • A technical guide to complying with Federal SPCC Regulations

    Let’s start by clarifying what SPCC is not since SPCC does overlap other Federal and State environmental regulations. SPCC is not: NPDES – Permits under NPDES, such as stormwater or water discharge permits, are required to discharge pollutants into the “navigable waters of United States.” While it is never permitted to discharge “oil” into any waters of the US, there is some overlap with NPDES in ...


    By Ecocion, Inc.

  • Streamlining compliance

    For a chemical manufacturer seeking to become a global supplier, keeping up with numerous foreign safety regulations and requirements can be quite a challenge. MSDgen®, a compliance tool from Carlsbad, Calif.-based 3E Co., was created to streamline one important aspect of this process, the creation and distribution of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). “The challenge that our clients are faced ...


    By Verisk 3E

  • Redefining Solid Waste -- Again

    On March 26, 2007, EPA announced the issuance of a sweeping proposal to modify the RCRA definition of solid waste. The proposal seeks to streamline regulation of hazardous secondary materials, and revise the definition of solid waste to exclude certain secondary materials from RCRA regulation to promote the legitimate recycling of these materials. Proposal elements The proposal would ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Constituents of Emerging Concern: An Overview

    Emerging constituents of concern have been with us from the beginning of the environmental era 45 years ago. They were behind the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act. They are behind our struggle with disinfection byproducts. They were behind the development of the 129 (126) priority pollutants. They were behind RCRA and the Superfund. Now they are “emerging” as endocrine disruptors, pharmaceuticals, ...

  • RCRA Regulation of Wastes from the Production, Use, and Disposal of Nanomaterials

    The booming growth of nanotechnology in the U.S. economy has already begun to create an expanding universe of wastes from the manufacture, use, and disposal of products containing nanomaterials. Just as nanomaterial products offer useful novel properties, nanomaterial wastes may present regulators with unexpected and unique questions. Researchers are trying to assess how nanomaterials and ...

  • Green products get green light

    Untitled Document Green procedurement is not new. Congress recognized its potential when it enacted the Resource Conservation and Recovery ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • RCRA Waste Identification: Meaningful Reform Is Needed (PDF)

    Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its long-awaited Hazardous Waste Identification Rule (HWIR): Revisions to the Mixture and Derived-From Rules. 1 To industry’s chagrin, EPA decided to retain, while revising modestly, the so-called “mixture” and “derived-from” rules. Perhaps more than any others promulgated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • RCRA: Solid and Hazardous Wastes Recent Issues and Cases-December 2001

    RCRA celebrated its 25th Anniversary on October 22, 2001. During the recent quarter century, RCRA served as the governing statute for the creation of a nation hazardous waste management program, both in law and commercial ...

  • RCRA Closure of Materials Disposal Area P, Los Alamos, New Mexico

    Material Disposal Area P (MDA-P) is undergoing clean closure under the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) as regulated by the New Mexico Environmental Department. The MDA is located on the north-facing slope of Canyon de Valle, an ephemeral drainage in Technical Area 16 of the Laboratory. It was operated from 1950 to 1984 and received materials from the burning of high explosives ...


    By Weston Solutions, Inc

  • Modification of the Hazardous Waste Program: Hazardous Waste Lamps. Final Rule - July 6, 1999

    Today's final rule adds hazardous waste lamps to the federal list of universal wastes regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Handlers of universal wastes are subject to less stringent standards for storing, transporting, and collecting these wastes. The Agency has concluded that regulating spent hazardous waste lamps as a universal waste under 40 CFR Part 273 will lead ...

  • Incineration of Explosives-Contaminated Soil and Reactive RCRA Waste at the Former Weldon Spring Ordnance Works

    ABSTRACT This paper presents the results of a Combustion Risk Assessment (CRA) and Trial Burn Testing Program for a transportable hazardous waste incinerator at the former Weldon Spring Ordnance Works (WSOW), Missouri, USA. From 1942 to 1945, the Ordnance Works was the largest TNT manufacturing plant in the world, producing approximately 1 million pounds of TNT per day. The Transportable ...


    By Weston Solutions, Inc

  • Pollution Prevention Solutions During Permitting, Inspection and Enforcement Activities

    Executive Summary In 1995, the nation’s largest industrial users of toxic chemicals released 2.2 billion pounds of toxic chemicals into the environment (U.S. EPA, 1995 Toxic Release Inventory) and spent billions of dollars managing pollution control technology systems to prevent that number from being higher. If one were to add in the purchase price of the raw materials that eventually escaped ...

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