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Cleaning, Solvent Summary Full Text
Dumpsters Summary Full Text
Hazardous Waste Summary Full Text
Metalworking Fluids Summary Full Text
Ocean Dumping Summary Full Text
Oil, Used Summary Full Text
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Summary Full Text
Recycling Summary Full Text
Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) Summary Full Text
Universal Waste Summary Full Text

Cleaning, Solvent
Applies to: Any facility carrying out processes that involve cleaning with petroleum-based (non-water-based) solvents, including degreasers and solvent-based parts washers. The regulations also cover the use and disposal of solvent wetted rags to manually wipe soils from the metal surfaces (hand wiping).
Requires: Hazardous waste regulations may apply to storage and disposal; some facilities may need air emissions permits.
See also:
  • Cleaning, Parts Cleaners (Water-based)
  • Hazardous Waste Determination
  • Dumpsters
    Applies to: Any facility that stores waste in dumpsters for removal
    Requires: Facilities should verify that hazardous or otherwise regulated wastes are handled separately from general trash
    See also:
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Universal Waste
  • Hazardous Waste
    Applies to: Anyone who generates more than 100 kilograms per month of hazardous waste, or more than 1 kilogram per month of certain acutely hazardous wastes. (These limits may be lower in some states.)
    Requires: Registration with EPA as a hazardous waste generator; compliance with rules for storage and disposal of wastes; for large quantities, reporting of quantities generated to EPA every two years
    See also:
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Universal Waste

  • Metalworking Fluids
    Applies to: Any facility that carries out machining operations
    Requires: Hazardous waste regulations may apply to storage and disposal
    See also:
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Cleaning, Solvent
  • Ocean Dumping
    Applies to: Any person or business must obtain a permit to dispose of wastes at sea
    Requires: Only a limited list of materials may be disposed of at sea, and a permit is required
    See also:
  • Clean Water Act (CWA)
  • Vessel General Permit (VGP)
  • Vessel Sewage Discharge
  • Oil, Used
    Applies to: Any facility that generates or accumulates used oil products, including lubricants, brake fluid, hydraulic fluids, and oil-based machining fluids
    Requires: Facilities must store and transport used oil according to specific regulations to avoid falling under more stringent hazardous waste regulations
    See also:
  • Diesel Fuel Storage Tanks
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Spills and Leaks, Prevention (SPCC rule)
  • Spills and Leaks, Reporting
  • Tanks, Underground
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
    Applies to: Any facility that owns and/or operates electrical equipment containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in concentrations above a specified limit
    Requires: Equipment still in service must be inspected quarterly for leaks; out of service equipment cannot be sold, and cannot be stored for more than 30 days, but must be disposed of according to EPA regulations
    See also:
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Recycling
    Applies to: Any facility that generates any of a wide variety of solid wastes, including corrugated cardboard and wooden pallets
    Requires: Recycling is generally voluntary (except in a few cities), but can be beneficial economically and can contribute to a positive public perception
    See also:
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Hazardous Waste Determination
  • Universal Waste
  • Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA)
    Applies to:

    The basic federal law regulating solid and hazardous waste disposal


    Facilities must determine whether their waste is classified as "hazardous" according to federal and state regulations, and if so must handle and dispose of it accordingly

    See also:
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Universal Waste
  • Universal Waste
    Applies to: Anyone who disposes of several common waste products
    Requires: Universal waste regulations (similar to but less stringent than hazardous waste regulations) apply to storage and disposal
    See also:
  • Batteries
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Hazardous Waste Determination
  • Pesticides
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