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Four Common EPA Violations Concerning Handling Waste Materials

Updated February 2022 Owners of businesses in nearly every industry need to stay up to date on EPA regulations and violations to avoid unwanted penalties and fines. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has regulations in place that affect local, state and federal governments and their respective agencies. In addition, the EPA has regulations

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From the Lot to the Junkyard: How Much Waste Does Your Car Produce?

Approximately 17 million new passenger vehicles will hit the roads in 2021 while another 27 million cars worldwide reach their final destination of the great car park in the sky. Made from over 30,000 different parts, every automobile comes with a lot of hazardous and non-hazardous car waste. Between your batteries, tires, and various fluids,

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What Happens to a Business After a Destructive Event?

Disasters happen more often than you think. Fires, floods, hurricanes, and other destructive events can not only bring severe damage to a business’s building, but hazardous waste can arise from the aftermath. On June 14, 2021, a chemical plant in Rockton, Illinois suffered an explosion and fire. It destroyed the building and sending hazardous debris

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The Most Environmentally Friendly Cities in the U.S.

Across the country, citizens are making more concentrated efforts to make their lifestyles more environmentally friendly. In fact, many of us take part in environmentally friendly activities every day, whether we know it or not: getting rid of junk mail, washing clothes in cold water, and choosing reusable water bottles or straws all play a

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ORM-D Classification for Consumer Commodities Expires on January 1, 2021

On January 19, 2011, PHMSA of the US Department of Transportation (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) concluded five years of effort and issued an ever-evolving standard on Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) in accordance with the United Nations Recommendations.  On January 7, 2013, the PHMSA extended this authorization for the use of ORM-D classifications on

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4 Characteristics of Hazardous Waste for Completing Your Waste Profile

The EPA requires all hazardous waste producers to fill out an important form called a Hazardous Waste Profile. Formally known as the Waste Characterization Profile, the Hazardous Waste Profile requires a list of all chemical properties associated with the waste produced. This form must be completed before waste is disposed of or transported. The Hazardous

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Clean Up Your Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest Forms or Risk Fines

Hazardous Waste Generators regardless of generator status are breathing a sigh of relief that 2023 is not a reporting year for submitting the Biennial Hazardous Waste Report. However, it’s always an excellent time to check that you’re using the best reporting practices possible. Federal regulations require generators and transporters of hazardous waste and owners or

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Small Quantity vs Large Quantity: What are the designations?

When it comes to hazardous materials handling, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) has outlined three types of generators. Hazardous waste generators produce waste in three categories that are determined by the amount of waste generated per calendar month.  There are three categories of generators and three very frequently used acronyms: VSQG: Very small quantity

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FDA Recalls Hand Sanitizers with Methanol

August 2020 At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, hand sanitizer was in short supply. To encourage productions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) altered their regulations to make it possible for companies such as alcohol distillers to shift production to hand sanitizer.  It’s estimated that over 700 companies began producing hand sanitizer to respond

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