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Category: Hazardous Waste

By Maggie Strom During 2021, a number of regulatory changes occurred that are likely to impact facilities that generate hazardous waste in the state of Tennessee. Most of these changes incorporated the EPA’s Generator Improvements Rule into Tennessee’s state regulations. According to the EPA, “This rule finalizes a much-needed update to the hazardous waste generator regulations to make the rules easier to understand, facilitate better compliance, provide greater flexibility... Read More
Posted by Christina Babu at Mar 2
Happy New Year! You know what that means – time to start working on those year-end environmental reports.  This year, we are going to focus on changes to the Toxic Release Inventory regulations that went into effect in 2020. These changes must be included into TRI Reporting for the first time in 2021. According to the EPA, TRI tracks the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment. Certain industry sectors must report an... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jan 6
For the first time in the history of the EPA, an all-encompassing action plan has been released to help local communities and states address PFAS contamination and protect the nation’s drinking water. What is a PFAS, you ask? PFAS stands for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. These man-made chemicals are harmful to the environment and the human body and can be found in everyday commercial household items, such as cleaning products, polishes and waxes, certain food packaging material... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Apr 4
Hazardous waste has a serious affect on our environment and can even wreak havoc on human health. Hazardous waste can be created through human activities, such as manufacturing, and materials used by homeowners such as old car batteries and hairspray cans. There are different types of hazardous waste, including corrosive, ignitable, reactive and toxic, and we’ve outline examples of household and industrial waste on our blog before. Management of hazardous waste reduces the... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Aug 27
OSHA WORKS TO REDUCE WORKPLACE CHEMICAL EXPOSURES The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is working to overhaul its approach to reducing workplace exposure to hazardous chemicals. However, instead of taking on this task on its own, the agency is asking businesses and people in the workforce for their opinions. OSHA is now accepting comments from businesses and employees about how to reduce the number of work-related illnesses caused from exposure to hazardous chemical... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Oct 31
HAZARDOUS WASTE PART 2: INDUSTRIAL WASTE In our previous blog post, we discussed household hazardous waste and the problems it can cause for families, sanitation workers and communities. We now focus our attention on industrial and retail hazardous waste, including what it is, how to manage it and ways to dispose of it. According to Environmental Leader, hazardous waste compliance is no longer only an issue for the industrial or manufacturing industries – it has now become... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Sep 2
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW When one hears the words “hazardous waste,” one might think of medical waste, oil spills and dangerous chemicals. Though these are, indeed, hazardous wastes, there are others that are much more common to everyday households. According to the EPA, leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste (HHW). Such products, including paints,... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jul 24
HORN ISLAND CONTAMINANTS To prepare for the cleanup of Horn Island from the Deepwater Horizon spill, BP asked for a list of potential chemical and biological hazards that might be present at the former military facility along the Gulf Coast. An environmental assessment was performed and multiple contaminants were identified based on an initial review of the site's historical records. The potential contaminants include: asbestos, mustard gas, botulinum toxin, ricin, polynuclear aromatic... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Aug 29
SPCC REVISIONS AFFECT FARMS The EPA requires a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan for any facility that stores more than 1,320 gallons of oil in bulk above-ground.  The goal of the SPCC Program is to prevent oil spills from entering any waters of the United States.  Facilities with these large storage amounts are required to develop plans that describe oil storage containers, emergency contacts and response personnel, procedures and training to prevent, con... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Aug 30