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New or updated "Memo/Letter", "Question and Answer", and "Publication" document types:
  • February 2017 In coordination with the ORCR Website Redesign in 2016, publication records in RCRA Online were refreshed and URLs for the electronic version of the publication pdf files were updated as necessary.
  • January 2017 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14885), 2 New Publications (51454, 51455)
  • December 2016 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14884), 1 Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As (11317)
  • November 2016 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14883)
  • September 2016 RCRA Online update. 2 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14881,14882)
  • August 2016 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14880), 1 Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As (14863)
  • March 2016 RCRA Online update. 25 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14855-14879)
  • December 2015 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14854)
  • October 2015 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14853)
  • August 2015 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14852)
  • July 2015 RCRA Online update. 2 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14850, 14851)
  • April / May / June 2015 RCRA Online update. 3 new Publications (51451-51453)
  • June 2015 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14849)
  • January / February / March 2015 RCRA Online update. 5 new Publications (51446 - 51450), 2 Updated Publications (51249, 51438)
  • February 2015 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14848), 2 Modified Memo/Letter/Q&As (12046, 12236)
  • October / November / December 2014 RCRA Online update. 4 new Publications (51442 - 51445), No Updated Publications
  • November 2014 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14847)
  • October 2014 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14846)
  • July / August / September 2014 RCRA Online update. 2 new Publications (51440, 51441), No Updated Publications
  • September 2014 RCRA Online update. 2 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14844, 14845)
  • April / May / June 2014 RCRA Online update. 1 new Publication (51439), 1 Updated Publication (51264)
  • June 2014 RCRA Online update. 2 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14842, 14843)
  • May 2014 RCRA Online update. 2 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14840, 14841)
  • April 2014 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14839)
  • January / February / March 2014 RCRA Online update. 15 Updated Publications (51052, 51053, 51320, 51322, 51323, 51324, 51325, 51326, 51327, 51328, 51329, 51330, 51331, 51332, 51333)
  • January 2014 RCRA Online update. 1 New Memo/Letter/Q&As (14838)

  • System Changes:
    • 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 DateDocument TitleDocument Type
    12/01/2014Fact Sheet: 2014 DSW Final RulePublication
    Description: This fact sheet discusses the Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) Final Rule signed in December 2014 and published on January 13, 2015, which finalized new safeguards that promote responsible hazardous secondary materials recycling. The final rule modifies the EPA's 2008 DSW rule to ensure it protects human health and the environment from the mismanagement of hazardous secondary materials intended for recycling, while promoting sustainability through the encouragement of safe and environmentally responsible recycling of such materials.
     
    12/01/2014Fact Sheet: Final Rule on Coal Combustion Residuals Generated by Electric UtilitiesPublication
    Description: This fact sheet describes the final rule that established a comprehensive set of requirements for the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCRs), commonly known as coal ash, generated by electric utilities in landfills and surface impoundments. The rule established technical requirements for CCR landfills and surface impoundments under Subtitle D of RCRA, the nation's primary law for regulating solid waste. The rule established requirements for both existing and new CCR landfills and surface impoundments, including lateral expansions of any existing unit.
     
    12/01/2010Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2009 (Fact Sheet)Publication
    Description: This fact sheet is the latest publication describing the national municipal solid waste (MSW) stream based on data collected from 1960 through 2009. It contains information on the benefits of recycling, as well as data on waste generation, recycling, and disposal. This fact sheet summarizes information contained in the full report, Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2009 Facts and Figures (EPA530-R-10-012).
     
    12/01/2010Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2009 Facts and Figures (Full Report)Publication
    Description: This document describes the national municipal solid waste (MSW) stream based on data collected from 1960 through 2009. Specifically, this document provides information on MSW generation, recovery, and disposal from 1960 to 2009; per capita generation and discard rates; source reduction (waste prevention); materials that comprise MSW, as well as products found in the waste stream; aggregate data on the infrastructure for MSW management; and trends in MSW management from 1960 to 2009, including source reduction, recovery for recycling (including composting), and disposal via combustion and landfilling. The historical perspective presented in the document is useful for establishing trends in types of MSW generated and in the ways it is managed.
     
    12/01/2007RCRA Orientation Manual 2008Publication
    Description: This document updates the 2003 RCRA Orientation Manual (EPA530-R-06-003). This updated manual provides introductory information on the solid and hazardous waste management programs under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Designed for EPA and state staff, members of the regulated community, and the general public who wish to better understand RCRA, this document constitutes a review of the RCRA program and is not a substitute for RCRA or its implementing regulations.
     
    12/01/2007Wisconsin Uses Ordinances and Permits to Promote Recycling in Public PlacesPublication
    Description: This Recycle on the Go Success Story discusses Wisconsin’s Solid Waste Reduction, Recovery, and Recycling Law, which requires everyone in the state to recycle, whether at home, at work, or at away-from-home settings like fairs, festivals, sports events, conferences, and meetings. Every Wisconsin community has a recycling ordinance with language similar to that of the state law. The state of Wisconsin, and two of its communities in particular—the City of Madison and Waukesha County—are using regulations and ordinances in conjunction with public outreach and education as tools to enhance their public place recycling programs.
     
    12/01/2006National Analysis: The National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report (Based on 2005 data)Publication
    Description: This document presents a detailed look at waste-handling practices for 2005 in the EPA Regions, States, and largest facilities nationally, including the quantity of waste generated, managed, shipped and received, and imported and exported between States, and the number of generators and managing facilities.
     
    12/01/2006List of Reported RCRA Sites in the United States: The National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report (Based on 2005 Data)Publication
    Description: This document identifies every hazardous waste facility in the United States that submitted a hazardous waste report in 2005.
     
    12/01/2006State Detail Analysis: The National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report (Based on 2005 Data)Publication
    Description: This document is a detailed look at each State's waste handling practices in 2005, including overall totals for generation, management, and shipments and receipts or hazardous waste, as well as totals for the largest fifty facilities
     
    12/01/2002RCRA En Foco: Mantenimiento De VehÝculos (Spanish - RCRA In Focus: Vehicle Maintenance)Publication
    Description: This is the Spanish translation of RCRA In Focus: Vehicle Maintenance. The RCRA in Focus series provides an overview of the basic federal regulations covering wastes that are likely to be hazardous in certain industries. This edition explains how the vehicle maintenance industry could be regulated under the RCRA program. It describes RCRA in general and includes a table detailing each requirement that might apply to this industry. The document also contains suggestions for methods of waste minimization, a summary of other laws that might be pertinent and a list of additional resources.
     
    12/01/2001Managing Your Hazardous Waste: A Guide for Small BusinessesPublication
    Description: The manual helps small businesses determine whether they generate hazardous waste and provides comprehensive information on how to comply with the federal hazardous waste regulations for small quantity generators. It explains how to obtain an EPA identification number, manage hazardous waste on site, ship hazardous waste off site, comply with land disposal restrictions, and conduct good housekeeping.
     
    12/01/1999Land Disposal Restrictions for Hazardous Wastes: A Snapshot of the ProgramPublication
    Description: Briefly describes the LDR program, which sets treatment standards for all hazardous waste destined for land disposal. Addresses hazardous waste disposal, dilution, and storage. Explains the RCRA definition of solid waste.
     
    11/01/2009Recycling at Penn State’s Beaver StadiumPublication
    Description: This Recycle on the Go Success Story discusses Penn State’s 13-year-old recycling program at Beaver Stadium, which has in the past diverted nearly 30 tons of recyclables per year from local landfills. A new initiative to promote recycling in the stadium’s tailgating area helped Penn State more than triple its old recycling record, collecting 112 tons in 2008. Proceeds from the sale of the recycled materials are donated to the local United Way—more than $54,000 to date.
     
    11/01/2009Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Strikes a Chord with RecyclingPublication
    Description: This Recycle on the Go Success Story discusses the annual festival to celebrate the life and musical legacy of Woody Guthrie, one of America’s great folk music songwriters and troubadours. Held in the singer’s hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma, the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival features five days of live music, poetry, lectures, and films. And, since 2004, event goers have helped the festival recycle more than 31,600 pounds of waste.
     
    11/01/2009Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2008Publication
    Description: This fact sheet is the latest publication describing the national municipal solid waste (MSW) stream based on data collected from 1960 through 2008. It contains information on the benefits of recycling, as well as data on waste generation, recycling, and disposal. It is also accompanied by data tables that present detailed data that is produced each year, and includes a summary of our methodology for developing this data. The full report incorporating these data tables is produced every other year, and was last developed for the 2007 data.
     
    11/01/2008List of Reported RCRA Sites in the United States: The National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report (Based on 2007 Data)Publication
    Description: This document identifies every hazardous waste facility in the United States that submitted a hazardous waste report in 2007.
     
    11/01/2008National Analysis: The National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report (Based on 2007 Data)Publication
    Description: This document presents a detailed look at waste-handling practices for 2007 in EPA regions, states, and the largest facilities nationally. The report provides the quantity of waste generated, managed, shipped, and received; the quantity of waste imported and exported between states; and the number of generators and managing facilities.
     
    11/01/2008Environmental Fact Sheet: EPA Finalizes Rule to Help Academic Laboratories Safely Manage Their Hazardous WastePublication
    Description: This fact sheet discusses a final rule that adds a new subpart to the RCRA hazardous waste generator regulatory requirements for academic laboratories. The rule allows eligible academic entities flexibility in where to make hazardous waste determinations; provides incentives for eligible academic entities to clean-out old and expired chemicals that may pose unnecessary risk; and requires the development of a Laboratory Management Plan (LMP). Eligible academic entities may also choose to remain subject to the preexisting hazardous waste generator requirements. Eligible academic entities are colleges, universities, and teaching hospitals and nonprofit research institutes that are either owned by or formally affiliated with a college or university.
     
    11/01/2008Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2007 (Fact Sheet)Publication
    Description: This fact sheet is the latest publication describing the national municipal solid waste (MSW) stream based on data collected from 1960 through 2007. It contains information on the benefits of recycling, as well as data on waste generation, recycling, and disposal. This fact sheet summarizes information contained in the full report, Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2007 Facts and Figures (EPA530-R-08-010).
     
    11/01/2008State Detail Analysis: The National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report (Based on 2007 Data)Publication
    Description: This document is a detailed look at each state's waste handling practices in 2007, including overall totals for generation, management, and shipments and receipts of hazardous waste, as well as totals for the largest fifty facilities
     
    11/01/2008RCRA Corrective Action Training: Strategies for Meeting the 2020 VisionPublication
    Description: This course is designed to develop and enhance the skills of qualified personnel who will implement corrective actions for their sites by the year 2020 that are protective of human health and the environment while encouraging revitalization. This training course builds on the strong program knowledge that has been developed over the years. It stresses practical approaches that support progress while achieving ongoing protection of human health and the environment and long-term environmental stewardship.
     
    11/01/2008SC3: Protecting Students and Staff with Green CleaningPublication
    Description: This fact sheet describes green cleaning, its benefits, and how schools can build a green cleaning program. EPA’s Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3) is working to encourage schools to use green cleaning practices to safely clean their classrooms and grounds.
     
    11/01/2008Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2007 Facts and Figures (Full Report)Publication
    Description: This document describes the national municipal solid waste (MSW) stream based on data collected from 1960 through 2007. Specifically, this document provides information on MSW generation, recovery, and disposal from 1960 to 2007; per capita generation and discard rates; source reduction (waste prevention); materials that comprise MSW, as well as products found in the waste stream; aggregate data on the infrastructure for MSW management; and trends in MSW management from 1960 to 2007, including source reduction, recovery for recycling (including composting), and disposal via combustion and landfilling. The historical perspective presented in the document is useful for establishing trends in types of MSW generated and in the ways it is managed.
     
    11/01/2008Building Successful Programs to Address Chemical Risks in Schools: A Workbook with Templates, Tips, and Techniques Publication
    Description: This workbook provides advice and templates developed by successful Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3) programs in various states, localities, and tribes that can be used to help schools design their own SC3 program. The tips, techniques, and templates in this workbook can be applied and adapted for SC3 programs being developed and operated at the school, school district, or state level.
     
    11/01/2002Industrial Waste Air Model (IWAIR): Technical Background DocumentPublication
    Description: This document provides technical background information on the Industrial Waste Air (IWAIR) model, and accompanies the Guide for Industrial Waste Management for use in evaluating inhalation risks. It explains the model selection and gives an overview of CHEMDAT8, emission model input parameters, and mathematical development of emissions; describes the development of dispersion factors using ISCST3 and how these are used in the model; addresses the exposure factors used in the model; details the health benchmarks used in the model and how these were developed if health benchmarks were not available from standard sources; describes the calculation of risk; and includes references. The appendices contain chemical-specific data used in emission modeling, summary data for 29 meteorological stations, derivation of chronic inhalation non-cancer and cancer health benchmark values, and sensitivity analysis of ISC Air Model.
     
    11/01/2002Industrial Waste Air Model (IWAIR) User's GuidePublication
    Description: This document describes how to use the Industrial Waste Air Model (IWAIR). It identifies the computer system requirements for running the IWAIR software and gives instructions for installing the software, and introduces the user to program screens and navigational tools; assists the user in selecting the appropriate calculation method (i.e., forward calculation to risk estimates or backward calculation to protective waste concentration), waste management unit type, and modeling pathway; provides detailed guidance to develop risk estimates for wastes of known chemical concentration(s) and to predict protective waste levels based on a user-specified risk level; and includes example calculations and references.
     
    10/29/2010Evaluating the Environmental Impacts of Packaging Fresh Tomatoes Using Life-Cycle Thinking & Assessment: A Sustainable Materials Management Demonstration ProjectPublication
    Description: This report quantifies the environmental impacts associated with three different packaging options for fresh tomatoes, and also assesses the effect of different packaging options on the life-cycle impacts of growing, transporting, and retailing fresh tomatoes to consumers.
     
    10/01/2016Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2016 Recycling Economic Information (REI) ReportPublication
    Description: This document aims to increase the understanding of the economic implications of material reuse and recycling. It presents an understanding of the importance of recycling's role to the nation’s economy; a new methodology that addresses key areas of uncertainty in the 2001 National Recycling Coalition REI study; and a framework that can be updated with new materials and data over time.
     
    10/01/2016Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2016 Recycling Economic Information (REI) Report MethodologyPublication
    Description: This document provides the methodology for the 2016 Recycling Economic Information (REI) Report, which aims to increase the understanding of the economic implications of material reuse and recycling. This new methodology represents the next iteration in national REI analysis and explores alternative approaches for measuring the economic activity associated with recycling, addresses uncertainties from the 2001 National Recycling Coalition REI study, and creates the foundation for a reinvigorated analysis of the economic impacts of recycling.
     
    10/01/2014Risk Assessment of Spent Foundry Sands In Soil-Related ApplicationsPublication
    Description: This document is intended to provide states with a sound scientific basis from which to evaluate the health risks to human and ecological receptors associated with the beneficial use of silica-based spent foundry sand from iron, steel, and aluminum foundries in soil-related applications.
     


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