RCRA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), 42 USC 6901 to 6991(i), and regulations at 40 CFR 240 to 282

Regulatory Agency
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER)

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Frequently Asked Questions

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RCRA Overview


Employee training is an important component of EPA's RCRA regulations.

Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) and large quantity generators (LQGs) of hazardous waste are required to train employees within 6 months of commencement of employment or assignment to a new position. Refresher training must be provided annually.

Small quantity generators (SQGs) of hazardous waste must ensure that facility personnel are thoroughly familiar with proper waste handling and emergency response procedures.

TSDFs and hazardous waste generators all have training requirements under the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) hazardous materials regulations when receiving waste or transporting waste off-site.

For more information concerning RCRA training requirements, see the national sections GENERATORS and TRAINING. Keep in mind that individual states may have stricter training requirements.

BLR's RCRA training materials include:

  • Hazardous Waste Introductory Training
  • Hazardous Waste Facility Operation and Maintenance
  • Hazardous Waste: Emergency ...

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State Requirements

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