Managing hazardous waste requires complying with a host of rules and regulations often conflicting with rules from one agency to another. Therefore, it is not always as easy for hazardous waste generators to comply in a responsible manner. It is not always as easy as managing hazardous waste in simple step-by-step procedures. For example, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establishes most of the laws related to wastes from industrial processes, yet these laws and regulations are administered by a number of local or state agencies that may have adopted rules and regulations just for their jurisdiction. For example, a hazardous waste vendor may provide compliance assistance with waste laws pertaining to their scope of work, yet may not be as well-versed with other waste streams, such as wastewater discharges, air emissions, or even biological and radioactive waste streams.
One example is that EPA regulations support the Clean Water Act, yet the local sewerage treatment entity, usually a Sanitation District, sets their own limits, which in most cases are not distributed to the regulated community unless requested. EPA also establishes limits on air emissions, yet in California these are regulated by Air Districts. As with wastewater discharges, these limits can change from District to District. Even in the San Francisco Bay Area there are differences among the local agencies.
Noncompliance with environmental laws and regulations also has associated liabilities that can accrue daily, thus posing a costly risk to companies who may not be aware of their responsibilities, simply because not all requirements are well-communicated across the regulated community.
ARC Enterprises has been managing environmental compliance programs since the late 1980’s and understands the nuances of the multiple entities that regulate your company. We assist waste generators with procedural and logistical guidelines, provide support with internal logistics, and acts as a liaison between the regulatory bodies and the generator.
Services provided include, though not limited to, the following:
- Develop written procedures and guidelines using graphic images from the workplace addressing the company’s specific waste streams.
- Provide waste labels for Satellite Accumulation Areas
- Provide the required checklists, forms and documents for hazardous waste reporting
- Complete permit applications including:
- California Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP)
- Hazardous Materials Management Plan (HMMP)
- Air District permits
- Industrial Wastewater Discharge permits
- Biennial report
- Tiered Waste permits