Many companies and individuals have questions about the RCRA hazardous waste program, waste handling, waste disposal, and high hazard chemicals. One of our goals is to provide useful and timely information for all those involved in waste and industrial services. By doing so, our customers can join with us in our mission of setting the highest standards of quality.
Q: WHAT IS RCRA HAZARDOUS WASTE?
A: Wastes that exhibit certain characteristics may be regulated by RCRA (see 40 CRF Part 261). A waste may be considered hazardous if it is ignitable (i.e., burns readily), or if it is corrosive, or reactive (i.e., explosive). Waste may also be deemed hazardous if it contains certain amounts of specifically regulated toxic chemicals. In addition to these characteristic wastes, EPA has also developed a list of over 500 specific hazardous wastes. Hazardous waste takes many physical forms and may be solid, semi-solid, or even liquid.
Q: WHOM DOES THE RCRA HAZARDOUS WASTE PROGRAM REGULATE?
A: The RCRA hazardous waste program regulates commercial businesses as well as federal, state, and local government facilities that generate, transport, treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste. Each of these entities is regulated to ensure proper management of hazardous waste from the moment it is generated until its ultimate disposal or destruction.