By Shawna Griffin
Reporting season is here — and that means it’s time to submit your Dangerous Waste Annual Report. This year we rebuilt TurboWaste to make it easier for you to submit reports. You may notice a new look and feel, and we think you will find it easier to navigate the reporting process.
We simplified and updated our forms to meet new requirements. You may notice that we added some fields, took some out, and rearranged some of the existing sections.
Read the new forms carefully — we’ve added questions that may apply to your facility. We explain each of the new questions in the annual reporting guide and in the help links within TurboWaste.
Updates to the notification form add requirements depending on the activities at your site.
Make sure to indicate these on your site identification forms if they apply:
We are here to help — call us if you have questions.
If you are a large quantity generator (LQG), you will not need your electronic signature account for 2018 dangerous waste annual reports. Please use TurboWaste to submit your report.
In previous years, LQGs had to submit their dangerous waste annual reports using their electronic signature account (also known as the HWTR signing portal or the cross media electronic reporting rule, CROMERR).
This year, LQGs don’t need to go through that process. There will be a different process for 2019 annual reports — stay tuned for more information.
Dangerous Waste Annual Reports are due March 1. Beginning January 1 you can go into TurboWaste and start submitting reports.
By Erin Jesky
As you file your dangerous waste annual report this year, you’ll need to determine your federal generator status— this is different than the generator status we use in Washington to determine your responsibilities under the dangerous waste regulations. It's possible that your state and federal statuses will be different. Once you log into TurboWaste to submit your report, you will need to enter both generator statuses.
In Washington, generators are either an SQG (small quantity generator), MQG (medium quantity generator), or LQG (large quantity generator). Learn more about these generator categories. If you are an XQG (no regulated waste generator) in Washington, you will automatically be an NQG (not a generator) in federal reporting terms.
RCRA, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, divides generators into three slightly different categories. The generator thresholds don’t include Washington state-only waste.
To determine your federal generator status, consider the highest amount of waste you generated in any month during the reporting year, and compare it to the chart below.
*Any residue or contaminated soil, water, or debris resulting from the cleanup of a spill, into or on any land or water, of any acute hazardous waste listed in sections 261.31 or 261.33(e) has the same limits as in the Non-acute column.
By Rob Rieck
On August 9, 2018, Ecology proposed amendments to the Dangerous Waste Regulations, Chapter 173-303 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). We expect to adopt new rules inJanuary 2019.
The proposed revisions include recent changes to the federal hazardous waste regulations and changes initiated by the state. A major change is adoption of most parts of the federal Generator Improvements Rule.
In response to public comments we received on the draft rules,we made changes to the final rule, including but not limited to:
We had also intended to adopt dangerous waste pharmaceutical regulations similar to Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 proposed hazardous waste pharmaceutical rule. We decided not to adopt those regulations at this time, since we discovered there could be significant changes between EPA’s proposed rule and the final adopted regulations. We intend to restart our rulemaking process for this set of rules in the near future, since EPA has now adopted a final hazardous waste pharmaceutical rule.
We accepted formal comments on the proposed changes August 9 through October 5. We prepared a concise explanatory statement (CES) containing our response to comments and explaining how rule language changed between proposal and adoption. The CES will be available when we adopt these amendments. We held public hearings online on September 26 and in-person on September 28, at Ecology’s Northwest Regional Office in Bellevue.
By Rob Rieck
Overview of Chapter 173-303 WAC Amendments Webinar
March 20, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST
Join the webinar online
Event Number: 803 549 071
Event Password: Ecology1
For audio only, call:
Access code: 803 549 071
Toll-free dialing restrictions (pdf).
We expect to adopt amendments to the dangerous waste regulations, chapter 173-303 WAC, January 30, 2019. We realize some generators need more time to come into compliance with the new rules, so we will extend the effective date to 90 days after adoption, around April 30, 2019.
You can expect to hear about:
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By Jeffrey Gutschmidt
Since 2006, Washington’s participation in the Mercury Switch Removal (MSR) program has prevented over 612 pounds of mercury from entering the environment. We’re still calculating, but it looks like we collected 28 pounds of mercury or more in 2018. The program provides auto recyclers $3 for each mercury switch or pellet they remove. Currently, 175 auto recyclers in Washington participate.
Washington consistently outperforms many other states, leading the nation in mercury collections for 2016. Nationally the program collected over 92,000 pounds of mercury as of March 31, 2018.
Even though vehicles manufactured after 2004 don’t have mercury switches, years of collection work remain. Some unexpected factors have kept old cars on the road longer and delayed recyclers from processing them:
Mercury-containing ampule from an automotive mercury switch.
By Erin Jesky
We have new guidance and an interim policy for pre-impregnated composite fiber material (prepreg) waste. Prepreg is widely used in the advanced composite industry — most often in aircraft and aerospace sectors. It’s also used in automotive and recreation industries.
The new guidance covers allowable practices and includes information about designating your prepreg wastes. Dangerous waste guidance of pre-impregnated resin composites
The Interim Policy for Prepreg Waste provides a conditional management and disposal option for oven-cured prepreg waste that is not a federal hazardous waste under 40 CFR part 261. You may choose to manage some or all of your prepreg waste under the Dangerous Waste Regulations or under the interim policy.
If you manage prepreg under this policy, you can:
You must follow all of the guidelines in the Interim Policy for Prepreg Waste to take advantage of these benefits.
By Saskia van Bergen
Congratulations to Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) and Local Hazardous Waste Management Program (LHWMP) for winning the EPA Safer Choice 2018 Partner of the Year award.
PLU’s webpage, video, and other outreach projects earned them a spot on the award list. Because of their student-led efforts, the on-campus store only sells Safer Choice-certified products.
LHWMP’s 2017 outreach efforts included educating the community about safer choice by handing out flyers, posters, and green chemistry cleaning kits.
April 30, 2019 - May 1, 2019, Seattle
Sept. 5-6, 2019, Spokane
Dec. 11-12, 2019, Seattle
This course will guide participants through OSHA’s substitution planning process for understanding and evaluating chemical use, identifying and assessing alternatives, and implementing safer alternatives. OSHA 7225 is for professionals at all levels of chemistry understanding who play a role in product and materials selection.
Watch a recorded webinar about the training.
Graduates of this three-course program will make a difference after learning to design safer chemicals and industrial processes. Today, businesses face increasing market and regulatory pressures to use less toxic chemicals in their manufacturing processes and products. They need professionals who can provide innovative solutions and more sustainable substitutes.
Program Dates: Sept. 23, 2019 - June 5, 2020
Register for the three courses:
Sept. 23, 2019 - Dec. 6, 2019 | Cost: $910 | CEUs: 5
Overview of fundamental principles of toxicology, human health, and material science. Participants will review their own business’ sustainability drivers and barriers while investigating the health and environmental hazards that contribute to human disease.
Jan. 6, 2020 - March 13, 2020 | Cost: $910 | CEUs: 5
Fundamental principles of green chemistry, including the human and ecological reasons for considering less toxic alternatives and the various green applications to chemical design. Overview of new tools and cutting edge research for the design of 21st century chemicals that minimize hazards to health and the environment.