The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has authority to control hazardous and other wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Enacted in 1976, the RCRA establishes a national system for how hazardous and non-hazardous waste is handled, transported, recycled and finally disposed.
Operators may hear the RCRA acronym used in reference to multiple things, from the statutes and amendments themselves to related regulations, as well as EPA guidance and policy. Since EPA regulations are explicit and legally enforceable, the RCRA means serious business.
Unfortunately, the RCRA program is constantly evolving as new waste generation and management considerations arise. Understanding and complying with shifting RCRA regulations can be a challenge for even the most sophisticated organization.
The ONE Environmental team has significant experience providing businesses RCRA support through a full range of services.
For example, our auditing and gap analysis services include on-site compliance inspections that accurately identify all waste streams and provide recommendations for how they should be managed. Waste determination is an important part of ONE’s service offering as well, helping operators navigate an alphabet soup of waste classification subtitles.
Waste generation threshold tracking and biennial reporting are also key components of ONE’s RCRA service portfolio. An operator’s status is based on the amount of waste generated, and once an operator reaches the threshold of a large quantity generator (LQG) even temporarily, it is subject to the rigorous National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report requirement. The ONE team knows the requirements inside and out.
The ONE team can also plan and implement RCRA training for teams internally, as well as assist with regulatory negotiations and communications externally, giving operators peace of mind that a trusted advisor has their back.
Since RCRA is a “cradle-to-grave” program, the ONE team site provides a range of investigation, remediation, decontamination and facility closure services. These include RCRA corrective action, RCRA closure and post-closure care services.
The bottom line is that the ONE team can help operators gain a full understanding of all of the RCRA regulations relevant to their business and implement a robust plan for staying compliant.