What is Tiered Permitting?
Waste treatment permits are necessary to treat hazardous waste streams that are costly to dispose of and present less risk and liability for large volumes of waste. In California, the laws permit discharging or treating a waste to lessen its risk in order that it can be disposed of by conventional methods, such as discharging to the sewer or disposal in landfill.
California has a five-tier permitting program, which matches the statutory and regulatory requirements imposed upon each category of hazardous waste facility to the degree of risk posed by them. The five permitting tiers, in descending order of regulatory oversight, are:
- The Full Permit Tier – Applicable to RCRA waste handling facilities including those, which accept off-site wastes.
- The Standardized Permit Tier – Applicable to non-RCRA waste handling facilities including those which accept off-site wastes.
- The Permit by Rule Tier – Applicable to non-RCRA waste generated on-site.
- The Conditional Authorization Tier – On-site treatment of specific waste streams defined in regulations.
- The Conditional Exemption Tier – Applicable to non-RCRA low-risk waste generated on-site.
ARC Enterprises assists employers with permitting treated waste streams and working with companies to ensure compliance with permit requirements.
If considering an upgrade to a manufacturing process or endeavoring to install a new process, talk to ARC Enterprises before beginning the project to help identify the best options for permitting the waste treatment methods in order to realize cost savings for and to facilitate compliance and reduced liability.