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 Description: This memorandum discusses how RCRA regulations apply to recalled Takata airbag inflators that are subject to the 2015 Preservation Order issued by the US DOT. The Takata airbag inflators are not subject to RCRA Subtitle C regulatory requirements while they are being held under the 2015 DOT Preservation Order because EPA does not consider airbag inflators or other explosives to be “discarded” and therefore subject to the hazardous waste regulations while they are being stored pending judicial proceedings or investigations. At the point the inflators are released from the Preservation Order and other legal action related to the recall, the inflators would be considered solid waste and subject to a hazardous waste determination and any applicable RCRA regulations. EPA considers discarded gas-generating-propellant airbag inflators to exhibit the characteristic of reactivity, waste code D003 (40 CFR 261.23(a)(6)) and airbag inflators containing an oxidizer to exhibit the characteristic of ignitability, waste code D001 (40 CFR 261.21(a)(4)). Deployment of airbag inflators is considered treatment of a hazardous waste and may require a permit if RCRA exemptions and exclusions do not apply. For example, incineration requires a RCRA permit regardless of future materials reclamation.
 Description: This memorandum transmits a separate revised memorandum that provides guidance and a checklist for evaluating the regulatory status of materials that would, under usual circumstances, be commercial chemical products (CCPs). CCPs are not solid waste if they are appropriately stored or managed for use, legitimately reclaimed, or appropriately stored or managed for legitimate reclamation; CCPs are solid waste if they are abandoned by being accumulated, or by being stored, or treated before, or as a means of, being disposed. The checklist is designed to assist in applying this regulatory structure to specific situations and evaluating whether a particular CCP, managed in a particular way, is a solid waste. If a CCP is a solid waste, it then must be determined if the CCP is listed as a hazardous waste or exhibits a characteristic of hazardous waste. If the CCP is a solid and hazardous waste, it must be managed in compliance with the RCRA Subtitle C hazardous waste management regulations.
 Description: The Response to Comments Document for the Identification of Non-Hazardous Materials that are Solid Waste (February 2011) does not change any previous EPA positions on what constitutes a contained gaseous material for purposes of defining the term solid waste. Burning of gaseous material, such as in fume incinerators (as well as other combustion units, including air pollution control devices that may combust gaseous materials) does not involve treatment or other management of a solid waste (as defined in RCRA section 1004(27)).
02/01/2011Fact Sheet: Identification of Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials That Are Solid Wastes Final RulePublication
 Description: This fact sheet discusses a series of rules that will provide substantial reductions in the release of hazardous air pollutants into the atmosphere, and provide substantial benefits to the many communities where these units are located. The four rules were developed together because of the interrelationship among them. Three of the rules establish emission standards under the Clean Air Act (CAA), while the other rule was developed under RCRA. The RCRA rule clarifies which non-hazardous secondary materials are, or are not, solid wastes when burned in combustion units.
 Description: Used toluene is a spent material and not a commercial chemical product (CCP), therefore the solid waste exemption for fuels burned for energy recovery does not apply. "Commercial chemical product" refers to a chemical substance which is manufactured or formulated for commercial or manufacturing use. This consists of the commercially pure grade of the chemical, any technical grades of the chemical that are produced or marketed, and all formulations in which the chemical is the sole active ingredient. It does not refer to a material such as a manufacturing process waste. Used toluene is a spent material because it has been used and as a result of contamination, can no longer serve the purpose for which it was produced without processing. Additionally, "contamination" as used in the definition of spent material, is any impurity, factor, or circumstance which causes the material to be taken out of service. Finally, the definition of spent material has been consistently applied to materials that have been used and are no longer fit for use without being regenerated.
 Description: Excluded hazardous secondary materials cannot be commingled with regulated hazardous waste and still maintain the exclusion from the definition of solid waste. The same unit can be used to manage hazardous waste and excluded hazardous waste, provided that the hazardous waste and associated residues are removed from the unit before processing the excluded hazardous secondary materials. Procedures for cleaning units to ensure wastes are not commingled should be obtained from the state or regional implementing agency.
 Description: Excluded hazardous secondary materials cannot be commingled with regulated hazardous waste and still maintain the exclusion from the definition of solid waste. Excluded hazardous secondary materials may be mixed with hazardous waste, but the resulting mixture is a hazardous waste. Hazardous secondary materials may not be managed in stationary tanks at transfer facilities. Materials at transfer facilities may be consolidated from smaller to larger containers, but may not be managed in stationary tanks because such tanks are not portable and thus are not part of the “normal course of transportation”. In addition, hazardous secondary materials must be package according to applicable DOT regulations, which do not apply to stationary tanks. A state that has not adopted the Definition of Solid Waste Rule may impose state requirements on hazardous secondary materials while the material is being transported through that state. The reasonable efforts conditions for generators apply when hazardous secondary materials are transferred to intermediate facilities and reclamation facilities where the management of these materials is not addressed under a RCRA permit or interim status standards. If the intermediate facility or recycler’s permit or interim status standards addresses the units used to manage the hazardous secondary materials, the generator is not subject to the reasonable efforts conditions. A generator may use any appropriate information to determine that a Part B permit exists, including information provided by the intermediate facility or reclamation facility. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the generator, itself, to decide whether it needs to conduct reasonable efforts. The generator may also contact the regulatory authority that issued the RCRA Part B permit. The confirmation of receipts requirements may be satisfied by routine business records (e.g., financial records, bills of lading, copies of DOT shipping papers, or electronic confirmations of receipt). No specific template or format is required for these records. The generator is required to maintain confirmations of receipt at the generating facility for no less than three years. The definition of hazardous secondary material generator means “any person whose act or process produces hazardous secondary materials at the generating facility.” Facilties who collect hazardous secondary materials from other generators and do not produce hazardous secondary materials do not meet the definition of a hazardous secondary material generator. These facilities, however, could act as an intermediate facility for hazardous secondary materials managed under the transfer-based exclusion if they meet the terms and conditions for an intermediate facility.
01/01/2009Fact Sheet: EPA Announces Reorganization and Name Change for the Office of Solid Waste (OSW); OSW Becomes the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery and Streamlines Its OperationsPublication
 Description: This fact sheet discusses the reorganization of the Office of Solid Waste (OSW) and the name change to the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR).
 Description: Discussion of the value of diversion of compostable wastestreams for alternative processing as an alternative to solid waste landfills.
 Description: Waste News maintains a listing of the 10 largest municipal solid waste landfills and largest landfills by State. All of the inventories are available on the web at http://www Information on municipal landfills within individual states can be found by contacting the Association of State and Territorial SoIid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO). 444 North Capitol St., NW Suite 315 Washington, DC. 20001 ASTSWMO maintains a listing on their individual State solid waste contacts on their web-site at:
10/01/2003Regulatory Changes Proposed for Certain Hazardous Waste Recycling Activities (Fact Sheet)Publication
 Description: This fact sheet discusses the proposed changes to the hazardous waste management regulations, which will increase recycling and conserve resources. The changes will make it easier to recycle more than 1 million tons of hazardous waste, and to recover from these wastes metals, solvents, and other usable materials worth an estimated value of nearly $1 billion. EPA believes that this proposal will also reduce natural resource use and associated pollution, and conserve energy and water.
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