Hazardous Waste Generator Liability

Posted by author Richard Espinoza on Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Any business identified as a hazardous waste generator must understand and follow certain federal and state laws pertaining to hazardous waste.

California Health and Safety Code and Title 22, California Code of Regulations cover hazardous waste disposal in Los Angeles. It incorporates federal laws and ensures that dangerous waste will receive the proper transportation and disposal to protect public health and the natural environment.

The complex legal requirements and cradle to grave liability responsibilities have motivated many hazardous waste generators to make the strategic decision to outsource this component of their operations. A properly licensed and experienced hazardous waste transportation company can manage this vital process in a more cost-efficient manner in full compliance with all laws and regulations.


What Is Considered Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous-waste refers to any byproduct produced from work or research that has no further use and is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency or California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC).

Examples of hazardous waste includes flammable liquids (no halogenated solvents), corrosive liquids (acids and bases), and solid oxidizers. Oils, greases, halogenated organics, and waste containing heavy metals also fall under this category. The regulations that pertain to your company depend on the amount of hazardous waste produced.


Understanding Generator Requirementsgenerator liability

The hazardous waste industry has a variety of different regulations and regulatory agencies. It is mission-critical that any enterprise that generates hazardous waste understands their basic responsibilities and their generator liability.

Here are the applicable generator classes as determined by the EPA:

Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQG) – Less than 100 KG per month. Rules permit generators to store waste on this site up to 180 days or up to 270 days if the distance to the treatment or disposal facility covers more than 200 miles. Accumulation begins once the entity has collected the first 100Kg.

Small Quantity Generators (SQG)The generator must churn out more than 100 Kg, but less than 1000 Kg of waste. The accumulation time limit starts on the day the waste reaches 100 Kg. Regulations allow for the storage of waste on the site for up to 180 days. If the disposal facility is located more than 200 miles from the location the period increases to 270 days.

Large Quantity Generators (LQG) - Operations that produce more than 1000 Kg per month of hazardous waste on the site. The accumulation start date begins on the day the first week is collected. The waste has an on-site storage limit of 90 days.


Reduce liability and save money

 A third party hazardous waste solution can eliminate liability by ensuring the delivery of timely and safe waste byproduct to properly permitted facilities. Detailed waste tracking reports and properly completed hazardous waste manifests guarantee compliance with all state and federal laws. Extensive insurance coverage insulates generators from possible sub-contractor claims.

The transportation and disposal of hazardous streams for corporations, contractors, municipalities, government agencies, and other operations is a very time consuming and expensive process. It requires comprehensive and cost-effective solutions.

Third-party waste disposal companies have knowledgeable staff and business infrastructure to stay current with the latest regulations and apply them accurately and seamlessly to your operations. This ensures that hazardous waste is disposed of according to federal and state guidelines and helps you avoid potential penalties and fines.

You can save your organizations as significant number of administrative man-hours involved with sourcing, scheduling, disposal profiles, tracking, and other tasks associated with your hazardous waste disposal.


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