In 2019, the EPA added hazardous waste aerosol cans to the federal universal waste list, which allows generators to manage the cans with the less burdensome universal waste requirements. The final rule became effective on February 7, 2020, and applies to those who generate, transport, treat, recycle or dispose of hazardous waste aerosol cans. Under the universal waste rule, generators and handlers can store cans for a year and manage all aerosols together provided they are punctured and drained of any free liquid. (Note that the collected liquid from draining the aerosol cans will likely be considered hazardous waste.) Aerosol cans no longer need to be burned in a Resource Conversation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste incineration facility and shipped by hazardous waste transporters or tracked via a manifest.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that have been the subject of new regulations in recent years. Beginning with the 2020 reporting year, 172 new PFAS chemicals have been added to the list of reportable chemicals under Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program. Facilities that manufacture, process, or use 100 pounds or more per year of any of the listed PFAS chemicals must include those chemicals in their annual TRI report due July 1, 2021.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its finalized reporting requirements and amendments to the 2020 Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR). They have also announced that the submission period has been extended once again from November 30, 2020, until January 29, 2021.
TSCA CDR requires U.S. manufacturers and importers of certain chemicals to report information on these chemicals to the US EPA. In March of 2020 changes were finalized for the 2020 CDR submission requirements.
Comment period extended until May 31, 2020.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the proposed 2020 National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP). The EPA is seeking public comment on the proposed changes until May 31, 2020. Upon approval, these changes would replace the 2015 MSGP for stormwater discharge related to industrial facilities in areas where the EPA is the NPDES permitting authority.
Several Per- and Polyfluroalkyl Substances (PFAS) were added to the Toxics Relief Inventory (TRI) list in Section 7321 of the National Defence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. Below is the list of chemicals that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added, these chemicals have an effective date of January 1, 2020.
The deadline for filing your annual Toxic Release Inventory (TRI or Form R) report is rapidly approaching, and there are some changes for RY2019.
On June 7, 2018, EPA finalized a rule that adds a category of 13 specific nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) list of reportable chemicals. NPEs are nonionic surfactants used in adhesives, wetting agents, emulsifiers, stabilizers, dispersants, defoamers, cleaners, paints, and coatings. The final rule is effective for the 2019 TRI reporting year with the 2020 submittal (July 1, 2020).
NOIs are Due on April 12, 2020
West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) issued WV NPDES WV0111457 Multi-Sector Stormwater Permit on September 12, 2019, and it became effective on October 12, 2019. The Notice of Intent (NOI) for existing permit holders will be due on April 12, 2020. Facilities in West Virginia want to beware of changes the WVDEP has made to the permit and ensure they are prepared for the April 12th deadline.
TSCA Chemical Data Reporting is Back in 2020
Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) requires U.S. manufacturers and importers of certain chemicals to report information on these chemicals to the USEPA between June and September 2020.
The PA DEP is making the first substantial revisions since 2002 to the “Land Recycling Program Technical Guidance Manual.” The final draft, published on December 16, 2018, is open for a 90-day comment period, until March 16, 2019.