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Recent Changes in Hazardous Waste Regulations

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has implemented final regulations to the Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Regulations (310 CMR 30.000) which became effective on May 1, 2009. The revised regulations include eleven changes in the requirements governing waste oils and other regulated recyclable materials, as well as the adoption of the EPA's federal exclusion for medicinal nitroglycerine.

A summary of the significant changes are listed below:

  • Adoption of a revised definition of oil and used waste oil to include spent parts washer solvents not otherwise regulated by US EPA to be regulated as waste oil;
  • Definition of "crimes of moral turpitude" and requirement for disclosure to MassDEP by applicants and licensees of any crimes involving fraud, misrepresentation or deceit as well as any crime that adversely reflects on the applicant or licensee's competence to transport, use, collect, store, treat or dispose of hazardous waste;
  • Adoption of the EPA exclusion for medicinal nitroglycerine allowing for disposal of finished dosage forms (tablets and capsules) as a non-hazardous waste and eliminating the requirement for "triple rinsing" of empty packages to be considered as "RCRA empty";
  • Clarification that shipments of regulated recyclable materials sent off the site of generation must go directly to the appropriate authorized facility and remain loaded on the transporter's vehicle at all times until delivered to the point of destination;
  • Clarification for signage requirements in areas of hazardous waste accumulation to include lettering "HAZARDOUS WASTE" in capital letters at least one inch high;
  • Clarification for transporters of off-specification used oil fuel to a Class B(3) facility licensed to burn used oil fuels for the production of heat or power;
  • Clarification that a marketer of specification used oil fuel may ship to another marketer licensed with a Class B(3) recycling permit in addition to other persons licensed to burn that fuel.

If you are a hazardous waste transporter or your facility generates regulated recyclable materials and waste oils these revisions to the Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Regulations 310 CMR 30.000 may be applicable to your continued regulatory compliance status. Norfolk Ram Group, LLC can review these changes with respect to your facility and provide recommendations for changes in your operations and procedure to assure your continued regulatory compliance with 310 CMR 30.000

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