RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule Becomes Effective
On May 30, 2017, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule became effective. 81 Fed. Reg. 85732 (Nov. 28, 2016). The rule will not become effective in RCRA-authorized states, however, until the states adopt the provisions and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approves those state programs that adopt the rule. Please see our Monthly Update for December 2016 for additional detail on the rule. The potential scope of the revised regulatory program is significant: the changes are expected to impact almost 700,000 facilities that generate hazardous waste. The rule is the most comprehensive overhaul of the RCRA generator requirements in 30 years. The rule consists of over 60 changes to the existing regulations and the inclusion of new requirements for generators of hazardous waste, along with a handful of technical corrections. The changes include a reorganization of the hazardous waste generator requirements in an effort to make them more user-friendly and, thus, easier for the regulated community to be in compliance with.