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01/11/2017Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Public Participation ManualPublication
 Description: This manual explains how to implement public participation activities throughout the RCRA permitting and corrective action processes. In the same way that a user’s manual explains how a car or an appliance works, this manual explains how RCRA public participation works and how community members, regulators and industry can cooperate to make it better. It is for Agency staff, owners/operators of hazardous waste management facilities, community members, and public interest organizations. This manual replaces and supersedes the 1996 RCRA Public Participation Manual (EPA530-R-96-007).
 Description: EPA recommends that TSDF permits explicitly require that owners and operators provide up-to-date written information, such as that in the facility contingency plan, to State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs), Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), local fire departments, and other state and local emergency response authorities, as appropriate. This guidance recommends also that owners of RCRA TSDFs that already have permits, and those that are operating under interim status, follow this practice as well. This practice will ensure that state and local authorities and first responders have sufficient information for emergency preparedness, prevention, and response at RCRA hazardous waste TSDFs.
07/01/2007Working Together for a Healthy Environment: A Guide for Multi-Cultural Community GroupsPublication
 Description: This document is designed to help community-based organizations and community leaders or activists plan and execute community events that promote the 3Rs of solid waste management: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Community groups are in a unique position to take the lead in raising awareness about resource conservation, good solid waste management, and safeguarding the environment for future generations. This guide provides ideas for community events, such as workshops, radio events, and other campaigns, and resources for developing these events.
07/01/2006Environmental Protection Begins with You: A Guide to Environmental Community ServicePublication
 Description: This document contains examples of volunteer projects related to solid waste management and highlights the many benefits and opportunities for both experienced volunteers and those looking to participate in service projects for the first time. Volunteering provides the opportunity to enjoy new experiences, meet new people, learn new skills, and put ideas and talents to work.
09/03/2003ES FACIL SER VERDE! UNA GUIA PARA PLANEAR Y DIRIGIR REUNIONES Y EVENTOS CONSCIENTES DEL AMBIENTE (Spanish - It's Easy Being Green! A Guide To Planning And Conducting Environmentally Aware Meetings and Events)Publication
 Description: This document is the Spanish translation of It's Easy Being Green! A Guide To Planning And Conducting Environmentally Aware Meetings and Events (EPA530-K-96-002), which provides an outline to assist professionals in planning environmentally aware events. It includes profiles of successful events that have been held, as well as step-by-step procedures for coordinating events using a planning checklist.
 Description: EPA reiterates the appropriate use of the hazardous waste combustion site-specific risk assessment (SSRA) policy and the omnibus authority as it relates to the SSRA. SSRAs and technical guidance are not regulatory requirements. The SSRA policy was revised (SEE ALSO: 64 FR 52828, 52839; 9/30/99). SSRAs should only be required at facilities where there is reason to believe that operation in accordance with technical standards alone may not be protective. Permitting agencies should document the basis for a SSRA decision in the permit. Only the omnibus authority can require SSRAs. The permitting agency must respond to comments filed on a draft permit objecting to a SSRA and base its response on technical, factual, or legal facts. The permitting agency must include all supporting documentation, including comments, for a permit in the administrative record.
09/01/2002Enhancing Facility-Community Relations: Strengthening the Bridge Between Hazardous Waste Facilities and Their NeighborsPublication
 Description: This document is a publication on hazardous waste management facility locations as they relate to social and environmental issues. With more than 2,260 hazardous waste facilities in the U.S., developing and maintaining good community relations is vital. It is important for facilities to maintain continuous, strong relationships with neighboring communities throughout their operation and after closure. Although not all communities are affected by federal hazardous waste regulations, for those that are, their concerns need to be addressed early, collaboratively, and compassionately.
05/01/2002Tribal Waste Journal: Respect Our Resources: Prevent Illegal DumpingPublication
 Description: The premiere issue of the Tribal Waste Journal focuses on preventing illegal dumping.
04/01/200225 Years of RCRA: Building on Our Past to Protect Our FuturePublication
 Description: This report commemorates RCRA's anniversary and highlights the successes of RCRA's protective framework. It acknowledges the vital role that states, tribes, industry and communities have played in that success
05/01/2001Voluntarios para el Cambio: Una Guia para el Servicio Comunitario Ambiental (Spanish - Volunteer for Change: A Guide to Environmental Community Service)Publication
 Description: This is the Spanish translation of Volunteer for Change: A Guide to Environmental Community Service. This booklet contains just a few examples of volunteer projects related to solid waste management. Many other community groups and organizations exist throughout the United States. We hope these stories will inspire and motivate you to participate in a local volunteer program or even start your own.
05/01/2001Volunteer for Change: A Guide to Environmental Community ServicePublication
 Description: This booklet contains just a few examples of volunteer projects related to solid waste management. Many other community groups and organizations exist throughout the United States. We hope these stories will inspire and motivate you to participate in a local volunteer program or even start your own.
01/01/2001Waste Transfer Stations: Involved Citizens Make the Difference Publication
 Description: This booklet describes key information needed to develop an opinion about a proposed or modified transfer station. It contains information on what role transfer stations play in the community, how they might impact the community, and how you as a concerned citizen can participate in the decisions concerning their location and operation.
 Description: OSW requests regional RCRA contacts to address ongoing environmental justice (EJ) issues. OSW goals include addressing EJ issues during permitting process, developing EJ and public participation permitting network, providing guidance on integrating EJ and public participation, and increasing effectiveness of RCRA public participation (SEE ALSO: OSWER Directive 9200.3-17; September 21, 1994).
 Description: EPA will continue to comply fully with the Administrative Procedures Act in developing the final maximum achievable control technology (MACT) rule for hazardous waste combustors (SEE ALSO: 64 FR 52828; 9/30/99). Differences between MACT rules for hazardous waste combustors (HWC) and nonhazardous waste burning cement kilns is due to fact that HWC are currently subject to different emissions controls. EPA is committed to ensuring a fair and reasonable opportunity for the public to have input in the rulemaking process (SEE ALSO: RPC# 9/10/99-01).
 Description: EPA will continue to comply fully with the Administrative Procedures Act in developing the final maximum achievable control technology (MACT) rule for hazardous waste combustors (SEE ALSO: 64 FR 52828; 9/30/99). EPA is committed to ensuring a fair and reasonable opportunity for the public to have input in the rulemaking process.
 Description: A facility seeking temporary authorization to implement changes prior to submitting a formal Class 2 permit modification must send a notice to persons on the facility mailing list within seven days of the request submission (270.42(e)(2)(iii)). Information supplied by the community may be considered in reviewing the authorization request.
05/01/1997Strategy Update: A Newsletter on EPA's Hazardous Waste Minimization and Combustion ActivitiesPublication
 Description: This newsletter discusses the status of the proposed Revised Standards for Hazardous Waste Combustion Facilities rule and addresses issues related to public participation and waste minimization.
 Description: The Agency allows the appropriate use of fate and transport modeling to demonstrate, under clean closure, that materials contaminated with waste that are not removed do not present unacceptable risks. The use of modeling to make demonstration does not affect the requirements for removal of all wastes (SEE ALSO: RPC# 9/24/96-01). EPA's commitment to public participation is the same whether corrective action is implemented in the context of a RCRA permit or an enforcement order. EPA expects that non-RCRA cleanups will provide an appropriate level of public participation. The public has an opportunity to review and comment on whether it is appropriate for the Agency to defer RCRA corrective action to a non-RCRA program in certain instances.
09/01/1996Manual de Participaci—n Publica de la RCRA (Spanish - RCRA Public Participation Manual; 1996 Edition)Publication
 Description: Spanish translation of RCRA Public Participation Manual; 1996 Edition.
09/01/1996The Consumer's Handbook for Reducing Solid WastePublication
 Description: This document describes how consumers can reduce their garbage production by making environmentally aware decisions about the products and packaging they purchase, use, and ultimately dispose of. Suggestions follow four basic principles: reduce, reuse, recycle, and respond. Also lists state environmental agencies, as well as other publications and sources.
06/01/1996It's Easy Being Green! A Guide To Planning And Conducting Environmentally Aware Meetings and EventsPublication
 Description: Provides an outline to assist professionals in planning environmentally aware events. Includes profiles of successful events that have been held, as well as step by step procedures for coordinating events using a planning checklist.
02/15/1996RCRA Expanded Public Participation RulePublication
 Description: This brochure summarizes the December 11, 1995, Expanded Public Participation Final Rule (60 FR 63417), discusses the rule's applicability, and outlines opportunities for increased public involvement.
02/01/1996El Reglamento de Participaci—n Publica Expandida (Spanish - Expanded Public Participation Rule)Publication
 Description: A brochure in Spanish discussing the Expanded Public Participation Rule.
01/01/1996Environmental Fact Sheet: Proposed Procedures and Criteria for Determining Adequacy of State/Tribal Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Permitting ProgramsPublication
 Description: This fact sheet discusses the requirements for public involvement during the permit application process. It also describes the advantage of flexibility that a state or tribe will obtain with approval of their permitting program.
 Description: Announces the promulgation of the RCRA Expanded Public Participation Rule (60 FR 63417; 12/11/95). EPA encourages early implementation of the rule’s provisions by Regions, states, and the regulated community. Presents a list of additional goals for public involvement that were not included in the final rule but remain as guidance.
12/01/1995Source Reduction BibliographyPublication
 Description: This document outlines source reduction resources and publications that are available to municipal solid waste planners, policy makers, and others involved in managing or implementing programs on waste prevention. The bibliography is organized into ten source reduction topics, including Business and Industrial Program Development/Guidance, Community Source Reduction Program Development/Guidance, Materials Exchange, Policy/Legislation, and Variable Rates/Unit Pricing.
10/01/1995Environmental Fact Sheet: Final RCRA Expanded Public Participation RulePublication
 Description: This fact sheet announces EPA's effort to empower all communities to become more actively involved in local hazardous waste management by expanding the public participation aspects of RCRA Subtitle C permitting, and calls for earlier public involvement and expands public access to information throughout the permitting process and the operational life of hazardous waste management facilities.
09/01/1995Decision Maker's Guide to Solid Waste Management: Volume 2Publication
 Description: This document offers solid waste management practitioners detailed information to understand the key technical, economic, political, and social issues that must be addressed to develop effective waste management programs. Sections address public education and involvement, facility siting, factors to consider in developing a waste management program, collection and transfer, source reduction, recycling, composting, combustion, and land disposal.
11/01/1994Permit Process Steps: For Interim Status Hazardous Waste Combustion Facilities and for New Hazardous Waste Combustion FacilitiesPublication
 Description: This document presents the proposed requirements from the RCRA Expanded Public Participation and Revisions to Combustion Permitting Procedures Rule. The proposed steps for interim status hazardous waste combustion facilities include: a preapplication meeting, submission of Part A and Part B permit applications, an application notice, review of the application, establishment of an information repository, trial burn notice, trial burn, trial burn analysis and review, preparation of the draft permit determination, public comment on the draft permit determination, permit determination, permit appeal, and judicial appeal.
11/01/1994Statement of Michael Shapiro, Director of the Office of Solid Waste: Strategy for Hazardous Waste Minimization and CombustionPublication
 Description: This document announces EPA's Strategy for Hazardous Waste Minimization and Combustion. It discusses the role of waste minimization in the RCRA hazardous waste management program and addresses the role of combustion; presents EPA's views on expanded public involvement in the RCRA decision-making process, the need for strong compliance and enforcement, and the role of risk assessment in the permitting of hazardous waste combustion facilities; and highlights the strategic directions developed by EPA through an extensive and open process to solicit views from all affected parties.
07/15/1994Community-Based Environmental Protection: OSWER Action PlanPublication
 Description: This document identifies the five attributes of community-based environmental protection (CBEP), which is defined as addressing environmental problems in the context of the community in which they occur, and also describes current and near-term activities of the Office of Solid Waste and Environmental Response.
05/24/1994Press Release Announcing EPA's Proposal Expanding Opportunities for Public Participation in the Permitting of All Hazardous Waste Facilities, Including Incinerators and Other Hazardous Waste BurnersPublication
 Description: Communicates EPA's proposal to expand public participation opportunities in the permitting process. Announces the release of the Draft RCRA Hazardous Waste Minimization National Plan and the Combustion Emissions Technical Resource Document (CETRED).
 Description: Announces RCRA Expanded Public Participation and Revisions to Combustion Permitting proposed rule, including a list of its principal goals. EPA encourages Regions and states to begin implementing applicable provisions. Permit applicants are also encouraged to meet relevant provisions where feasible.
05/23/1994Memorandum on the Application of Enhanced Public Participation and Stronger Combustion Permitting RequirementsPublication
 Description: The document discusses the goals of EPA's proposed rule on RCRA expanded public participation and revisions to combustion permitting. EPA encourages all regions to start meeting goals of the proposed rule as soon as possible.
05/15/1994Environmental Fact Sheet: More Public Participation in RCRA and Revised Combustion Permitting Procedures ProposedPublication
 Description: This fact sheet discusses the proposal to expand public participation opportunities as part of the implementation of the Draft Waste Minimization and Combustion Strategy. The strategy recommends expansion of opportunities for timely and effective public involvement in the permitting process for all types of RCRA facilities; improves the regulations pertaining to permit modifications, clarifying combustion modification classifications; and aligns certain interim status requirements for combustion facilities with the more stringent permit standards for new permitted facilities, particularly with regard to trial burns.
10/15/1993Environmental Fact Sheet: EPA Seeks Public Involvement in Implementing Draft Strategy on Hazardous Waste Minimization and CombustionPublication
 Description: Provides information on a series of public outreach events and actions associated with the implementation of the Draft Strategy on Hazardous Waste Minimization and Combustion, released by EPA Administrator Carol Browner on May 18, 1993.
 Description: EPA encourages the use of substitute materials for lead in ammunition on firing ranges. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second District affirmed that lead ammunition deposited in Long Island Sound is “hazardous solid waste,” and a citizen may bring a RCRA 7002 lawsuit for imminent and substantial endangerment (SEE ALSO: 62 FR 6622; February 12, 1997).
08/15/1993Household Hazardous Waste Management: A Manual for One-Day Community Collection ProgramsPublication
 Description: This document helps communities plan for one-day, drop-off household hazardous waste (HHW) collection programs and provides community leaders with guidance on all aspects of planning, organizing, and publicizing an HHW collection program.
 Description: The firing of ammunition at shooting ranges is not waste disposal. The interpretation applies to expended cartridges and target fragments that fall to the ground during shooting. The cleanup of the site can be required under RCRA 7002 and 7003 when an imminent hazard exists (SEE ALSO: 62 FR 6622; 2/12/97).
 Description: A class III permit modification triggers two comment periods: first, a 60-day period occurs, which allows public comment on permittee’s request and includes provisions for mandatory public meeting; second, a 45-day period allows comment on the draft permit modification or tentative denial.
04/15/1990Sites for Our Solid Waste: A Guidebook for Effective Public InvolvementPublication
 Description: This document provides information for public officials, citizens, and industry professionals to help them find waste sites that are both technically sound and socially acceptable. The entire plan encourages public involvement.
 Description: A closure plan modification that meets the criteria for a Class 2 or Class 3 permit modification is subject to public notice and participation when submitted for approval.
 Description: A permit can be appealed for reasons other than those received during comment. The effective date of a treatment demonstration does not affect the effective date of the permit. EPA can require a treatment demonstration through the omnibus provision (3005(c)(3)). Addresses the regulatory status of a facility with a two-phase permit, and the applicability of public notice and comment to changes in a land treatment demonstration start date .
 Description: A facility could add an incinerator as a change in interim status under 270.72(c), but EPA recommends including proposed incinerators in the permit process due to concerns about the addition of new incinerators without trial burns and public participation. EPA may use discretion when deciding whether or not to approve the addition of an incinerator as a change in interim status. EPA believes it is unwise to allow the operation of new incinerator without a trial burn and public participation.
 Description: There is no specific time-frame for the Regional Administrator (RA) to initiate the 30-day public comment period for interim status closure plans.
 Description: Addresses possible revisions to a delisting decision and whether such revisions would open the petition to public notice and comment. Residues from treatment of delisted wastes are themselves delisted.
 Description: The purpose of field assessments and the public involvement plans for the Occidental incinerator public involvement program.
 Description: An overview of the definition and comparison of temporary and informal exclusions in delisting petitions. A discussion of the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 (HSWA) final decision requirements for temporary exclusions. An informal exclusion is not subject to public comment.
 Description: A discussion of the criteria for identifying specific facilities for expanded public involvement and participation programs (SEE ALSO: 60 FR 63417; 12/11/95).
 Description: An emergency permit to detonate unstable explosives may be warranted if there is no feasible disposal alternative. EPA must provide a public notice for emergency permits, but a 45-day public notice is not required. The permittee must obtain all state and local approvals.
 Description: Guidance is provided on how to report permit withdrawals in the Strategic Planning and Management System (SPMS). The procedure for deciding when a final permit determination has been made is discussed. For purposes of SPMS, a permit application is considered withdrawn when a closure plan has been approved after facility inspection, public notice, and response to comments.
05/01/1984PARTIAL CLOSUREQuestion & Answer
 Description: There is no set policy on deadlines for submission of a partial closure plan, whether partial closure must be certified by a professional engineer, and whether public notice for partial closure is required.
 Description: An incorrect signature on a permit application may be a criminal violation. Although it is usually unnecessary, the permitting authority should conduct a title search when it is needed. EPA is not liable for issuing a permit to the wrong party based on an incorrect Part A. EPA should assume that permit applicants are dealing in good faith. Public notice should serve to inform the public of who owns and operates the facility.
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