What's New in RCRA Online
New or updated "Memo/Letter", "Question and Answer", and "Publication" document types:|
- January2014 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14838)
- October / November / December 2013 RCRA Online update. 17 Updated Publications (50030, 50037, 50284, 50474, 50652, 50987, 50988, 50989, 50990, 51244, 51245, 51246, 51297, 51321, 51350, 51351, 51371)
- November 2013 RCRA Online update. 1 Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As (11235)
- July / August / September 2013 RCRA Online update. 7 New Publications (51432-51438), 17 Updated Publications (50049, 50052, 50435, 50518, 50542, 50614, 51056, 51215, 51217, 51265, 51275, 51369, 51370, 51375, 51379, 51380, 51426)
- September 2013 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14837)
- August 2013 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14836)
- April / May / June 2013 RCRA Online update. 3 New Publications (51429, 51430, 51431)
- January / February / March 2013 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14835), 1 Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As (11898), 2 New Publications (51427, 51428), 21 Updated Publications (50038, 50436, 50437, 50449, 50462, 50511, 50536, 50544, 50583, 50591, 50623, 50706, 50711, 50777, 50792, 50874, 50903, 50904, 50939, 50953, 51045),
- October / November / December 2012 RCRA Online update, 2 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14833, 14834), 1 Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As (14830), 33 Updated Publications (50624, 50943, 51099, 51138, 51199, 51203, 51204, 51205, 51206, 51207, 51257, 51262, 51263, 51317, 51353, 51354, 51355, 51356, 51357, 51358, 51359, 51360, 51361, 51362, 51363, 51364, 51365, 51372, 51376, 51378, 51389, 51390, 51408),
- July / August / September 2012 RCRA Online update, 9 Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As (11892, 11948, 11976, 12708, 13708, 13731, 13779, 14019, 14048), 8 Updated Publications (50034, 50574, 50575, 50606, 50618, 50654, 50670, 50772),
- April / May / June 2012 RCRA Online update, 20 Updated Publications (50017, 50024, 50896, 50957, 50981, 51012, 51133, 51181, 51238, 51244, 51245, 51246, 51272, 51316, 51334, 51367, 51368, 51377, 51388, 51410), Updated the "Internet Location" for 231 Publications from "http://nepis.epa.gov/EPA/html/Pubs/pubtitle.htm" to "http://nepis.epa.gov/EPA/html/Pubs/pubtitle.html" )
- April 2012 RCRA Online update, 2 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14831, 14832), 1 Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As (14778), 2 New Publications (51425, 51426), 4 Updated Publications (50580, 50593, 51021, 51091)
- March 2012 RCRA Online update, 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14830), 2 Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As (11182, 12903, 14321)
- February 2012 RCRA Online update, 1 Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As (13574)
- January 2012 RCRA Online update, 2 Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As (13523, 14827)
- December 2011 RCRA Online update, 4 New Publications (51421-51424), 3 Updated Publications (50010, 50100, 51015), 4 Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As (14826-14829)
- November 2011 RCRA Online update, 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14825), 2 Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As (12979, 13432)
- August 2011 RCRA Online update, 5 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14820-14824), No Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As.
- July 2011 RCRA Online update, 2 New Publications (51419, 51420), No Updated Publications, 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14819)
- June 2011 RCRA Online update, 8 New Publications (51411-51418), No Updated Publications, No New or Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As.
- May 2011 RCRA Online update, 1 New Publications (51410), No Updated Publications, No New or Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As.
- April 2011 RCRA Online update, No New Publications, 1 Updated Publications (51262), No New or Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As.
- March 2011 RCRA Online update, No New Publications, 2 Updated Publications (51172, 51173), No New or Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As.
- February 2011 RCRA Online update, 2 New Publications (51408-51409), 2 Updated Publications (51065, 51199), 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14818), No Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As.
- January 2011 RCRA Online update, 4 New Publications (51404-51407), No Updated Publications, No New or Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As.
- March 2005, Several issues were reported by users about the Full Text Search not performing as expected. As a result the database index was rebuilt and the search issues have been resolved.
- September 2004, Redesigned the Advanced Search Page, removed unused fields, added an "OSW Policy?" field, added another value to the "Document Type" drop-down list, new value is "Question and Answer". Redesigned the Detail screens, removed several unused fields. Updated the "Regulatory Citation" field to display values as hyperlinks that link to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts or subparts found at the Access GPO website for e-CFR, Part 40, Chapter I (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html). Updated the "Statutory Citation" field to display values as hyperlinks that link to the specific public laws found at the Legal Information Institute web site (http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/42/ch82.html)
- April 2003, New RCRA Online Trifold PDF File Published. Removed reference to the Fax On Demand system now that it is no longer used. Redesigned the Advanced Search Page to make it more user friendly.
- Results of topic, full text and advanced searches will now include not only documents but publications and other outreach materials that have been developed and distributed by the Office of Solid Waste.
The following is a list of Memos/Letters, Questions and Answers, and Publications from the most recent months update. Click on the 'Title' to view the details of the record.
|Document Date||Document Title||Document Type|
|12/09/2013||STATUS OF ENGINEERED SOLID REFUSE FUEL (SRF) UNDER THE NON-HAZARDOUS SECONDARY MATERIALS (NHSM) RULE||Memo|
|Description: EPA believes that engineered Solid Refuse Fuel (SRF) would be considered a non-waste fuel under the 40 CFR Part 241 Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials (NHSM) regulations when combusted in cement kilns, provided certain specifications are met. The SRF production process, which consists of Mechanical Biological Treatment, mechanical refinement, a Near Infra Red system, and shredding, meets the definition of processing in 241.2. SRF meets the legitimacy criteria for fuels in 241.3(d)(1), including management of the material as a valuable commodity, the material must have a meaningful heating value and be used as a fuel to recover energy, and comparability of contaminant levels to traditional fuels for the material.|
|11/14/2011||FUEL PELLETS AND THE DEFINITION OF SOLID WASTE WHEN BURNED IN A COMBUSTION UNIT IN ACCORDANCEWITH 40 CFR 241.3(B)(4)||Memo|
|Description: To be designated as a non-waste fuel under that section, the rule requires that processing of the non-hazardous secondary material (NHSM) meets the definition of processing in 40 CFR 241.2. Also, after processing, the NHSM must meet the legitimacy criteria in 241.3(d)(1) to be designated a non-waste fuel. Processing is defined in 241.2 as operations that transform discarded NHSMs into a non-waste fuel or non-waste ingredient, including operations necessary to: remove or destroy contaminants; significantly improve the fuel characteristics, e.g. sizing or drying of the material in combination with other operations; chemically improve the as-fired energy content; or improve the ingredient characteristics. Minimal operations that result only in modifying the size of the material by shredding do not constitute processing for purposes of the definition. The legitimacy criteria for fuels includes: 1) management of the material as a valuable commodity based on the following factors- storage prior to use must not exceed reasonable time frames and management of the material must be in a manner consistent with an analogous fuel, or where there is no analogous fuel, adequately contained to prevent releases to me environment; 2) the material must have meaningful heating value and be used as a fuel in a combustion unit that recovers energy; and 3) the material must contain contaminants at levels comparable to or less than those in traditional fuels which the combustion unit is designed to bum. The term contaminants is defined in 241.2 as constituents in the NHSM that will result in emissions of air pollutants under Clean Air Act Section 112(b) or the nine pollutants listed under Clean Air Act Section 129, including those constituents that could generate products of incomplete combustion.|
|10/01/2009||Feeding Animals - The Business Solution to Food Scraps||Publication|
|Description: This success story discusses New Jersey’s Rutgers University, which is home to the third largest student dining operation in the country with dining facilities that serve over 3.3 million meals and cater more than 5,000 events each year. Rutgers also boasts one of the best and oldest food recovery programs in the country, beginning in the 1960s, that diverts food scraps to a local farm for use as animal feed.|
|10/01/2009||Rock and Wrap It Up! Helps Fight Hunger||Publication|
|Description: This success story discusses the Rock and Wrap It Up! (RWU) program, which is a national anti-poverty think tank that arranges the collection and local donation of leftover food and other basic necessities.|
|10/01/2006||Food to Fuel: Pacific Biodiesel, Inc.||Publication|
|Description: This surplus food recovery and recycling success story discusses Hawaii-based Pacific Biodiesel, Inc., a company that converts recycled cooking oil into fuel for its equipment and vehicles. Biodiesel production diverts cooking oil from landfills, while its use reduces emissions of major greenhouse gases.|
|10/01/2006||Shopping for Change: MassDEP Supermarket Recycling Program||Publication|
|Description: This surplus food recovery and recycling success story discusses a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Massachusetts Food Association (MFA) to increase organics recycling at supermarkets in their state. Supermarkets in Massachusetts are reducing, recovering, and recycling their food waste and saving money by participating in the state’s voluntary supermarket recycling certification program.|
|10/01/2006||Food Scraps Go to the Animals: Barthold Recycling and Roll-off Services||Publication|
|Description: This surplus food recovery and recycling success story discusses Barthold Recycling and Roll-Off Services, a company that picks up food scraps from commercial businesses and feeds the scraps to pigs and cattle.|
|09/01/1997||Full Cost Accounting for Municipal Solid Waste Management: A Handbook||Publication|
|Description: This document introduces Full Cost Accounting (FCA) and describes how FCA identifies what MSW management costs, explains the peaks and valleys in MSW cash expenditures, illustrates MSW costs to citizens more clearly, adopts a businesslike approach to MSW management, develops a stronger position in negotiating with vendors, evaluates the appropriate mix of MSW services, and fine-tunes MSW programs. addresses compilation of FCA data, allocating costs, and reporting FCA data. Includes glossary of FCA terms.|
|08/01/2003||Tribal Leaders are Key to Reducing Backyard Burning ||Publication|
|Description: This document discusses how Tribes and Alaskan Native villages face several challenges in reducing the burning of waste. One of the biggest hurdles is developing convenient, affordable waste disposal alternatives for tribal members.|
|08/01/2003||State and Local Governments Are Key to Reducing Backyard Burning||Publication|
|Description: This document explains that backyard burning of garbage is an outdated practice and should be discontinued. |
|08/01/2003||Reducing Backyard Burning in Indian Country ||Publication|
|Description: This document explains that backyard burning is a serious threat to public health and the environment and has been banned by several tribes nationwide.|
|08/01/2003||The Hidden Hazards of Backyard Burning||Publication|
|Description: This document explains that backyard burning is a serious threat to public health and the environment and has been banned by many state and local governments.|
|08/01/1995||Recycling Means Business||Publication|
|Description: This booklet discusses how recycling can contribute to a growing economy and the importance of market development to help recycling fulfill this potential. It describes EPA's Recycling Means Business Strategy for market development: supporting and strengthening the link between increased market capacity and sustainable economic growth; leveraging federal resources and building federal partnerships for market development; and developing infrastructures that support markets for recyclables and recycled products.|
|07/31/2009||Office Carbon Footprint Tool (Version 1.2)||Publication|
|Description: This Excel-based tool was created for offices located in the United States to assist them in making decisions to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with their activities. This tool will allow the user to develop an estimate of their GHG emissions from a variety of sources including company-owned vehicle transportation; purchased electricity; waste disposal; and leased assets, franchises, and outsourced activities.|
|07/01/2003||GreenScapes Success Story: Food Scraps and Wine: An Agreeable Combination||Publication|
|Description: This GreenScapes Success Story discusses Jepson Prairie Organics, which makes compost from the food scraps of more than 1,500 food-related businesses and thousands of residents in San Francisco. The compost is used on vineyards throughout Northern California’s wine country to enhance the quality of the soil.|
|05/03/1996||Pay-As-You-Throw Workbook: A Supplement to EPA's Pay-As-You-Throw Guidebook||Publication|
|Description: This workbook is designed to supplement the guide, Pay-As-You-Throw: Lessons Learned About Unit Pricing (EPA530-R-94-004) . It includes a set of tools to help local officials plan out a program, convey the results of this work in presentations, and develop an outreach program to earn community support for pay-as-you-throw. The workbook also contains reprinted articles and reference materials officials can use to learn more about these programs.|
|04/15/1994||Pay-As-You-Throw: Lessons Learned About Unit Pricing||Publication|
|Description: This document examines the advantages and potential barriers to unit pricing systems; assists in determining if unit pricing is appropriate for a community; explains in step-by-step detail how to launch a unit pricing program; reviews unit pricing options; describes how to build consensus and plan a unit pricing program, how to design an integrated unit pricing program, and how to implement and monitor the program. The document also includes examples, definitions of terms, and a bibliography.|
|02/15/2012||WHAT CONSTITUTES A CONTAINED GASEOUS MATERIAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT SLUDGES THAT ARE PROCESSED IN ANAEROBIC DIGESTERS TO PRODUCE BIOGAS||Memo|
|Description: EPA considers the anaerobic digestion of wastewater treatment sludge to produce biogas as meeting the definition of of processing pursuant to 40 CFR 241.2. The biogas is primarily composed of methane and CO2 and has been used to heat the digesters and, at many treatment facilities, to generate power. The biogas can be collected and burned as a fuel to produce electricity using onsite power generation equipment. Additionally, heat can be recovered from the power generation units. EPA has not changed the position of what constitutes a "contained gaseous material" for defining solid waste as it relates to biogas generated by the anaerobic digestion of wastewater treatment sludge and used for energy recovery. Therefore, biogas from anaerobic digestion is considered a commodity fuel processed from waste materials and not a traditional fuel. |
|02/12/2009||Safe Chemical Management in Your School (Video)||Publication|
|Description: This video provides information to help schools and community partners develop a responsible chemical management program. This video features two case studies of schools that are addressing chemical management in their facilities.|
|01/01/1999||Rate Structure Design: Setting Rates For A Pay-As-You-Throw Program||Publication|
|Description: This booklet briefly reviews the Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) program components, and provides community planners and officials an overview of two basic methods for setting rates within the program. The document uses the experience of successful PAYT communities to discuss conceptual and practical considerations for establishing PAYT rates. Although the booklet does not provide a formula for rate setting, it explains the rate setting process and factors to consider when developing the rate structure to meet community goals.|
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