Hazardous Waste Transporters regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Hazardous Waste Transporters: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), 42 USC 6923et seq., and regulations at 40 CFR 263.10 to 263.31

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Applicability of other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) rules: 40 CFR 263.10

EPA identification (ID): 40 CFR 263.11

Manifests and recordkeeping: 40 CFR 262.20, 40 CFR 263.20, 40 CFR 263.22, and 49 CFR 172.205

Discharge response actions: 40 CFR 263.30 and 40 CFR 263.31

Transfer facilities: 40 CFR 260.10 and 40 CFR 263.12

Transporter as a treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF): 40 CFR 263.12

Hazardous waste exports and imports: 40 CFR 263.20

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Hazardous Waste Transporters Overview

Hazardous waste transporters have to follow both U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and applicable U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.

The EPA defines a "transporter" as any person engaged in the off-site movement of hazardous waste by air, railway, highway, or water (40 CFR 260.10). The EPA hazardous waste transportation regulations establish the requirements for the handling, transportation, and management of hazardous waste. For packaging, labeling, marking, and placarding, the EPA has adopted the DOT regulations.

The DOT incorporates the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous wastes as one of the types of hazardous materials that must be transported according to DOT specifications. Hazardous waste generators may be subject to hazardous waste transporter and hazardous material transporter standards if they transport hazardous waste.

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