oes your business generatehazardous waste? Many smallbusinesses do. If you need helpunderstanding which federal haz-ardous waste management regula-tions apply to your business,thishandbook is for you. It has beenprepared by the U.S. Environmen-tal Protection Agency (EPA) to helpsmall-business owners and opera-tors understand how best to com-ply with federal hazardous wastemanagement regulations.This handbook provides anoverview of the regulations to giveyou a basic understanding of yourresponsibilities. It should not beused as a substitute for the actualrequirements. All of the federalhazardous waste regulations arelocated in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR),Parts260 to 299 (www.epa.gov/epacfr40).EPA defines three categories of hazardous waste generators basedupon the quantity of hazardouswaste they generate per month:(1)Conditionally exempt smallquantity generators (CESQGs),which generate less than 220lbs (100 kg) per month.(2)Small quantity generators(SQGs),which generatebetween 220 lbs (100 kg) and2,200 lbs (1,000 kg) permonth.(3)Large quantity generators(LQGs),which generate morethan 2,200 lbs (1,000 kg) permonth.Each category of generator mustcomply with the hazardous wasterules specific to that category. Thishandbook is intended primarily forbusinesses that generate a smallquantity of hazardous waste (SQGsand CESQGs) to help them learnabout regulations that apply tothem.This handbook explains only the
requirements for hazardouswaste management. Many
have their own hazardous wasteregulations based on the federalhazardous waste regulations. Insome of these states,the require-ments are the same as the federalstandards and definitions. Otherstates,however,have developedmore stringent requirements thanthe federal program. If this is thecase in your state,you must com-ply with the state regulations. Tobecome familiar with your state’srequirements,consult your statehazardous waste agency. For theaddress or phone number for yourstate agency,contact the RCRACall Center at 800 424-9346 orTDD 800 553-7672.
ou can look up unfamiliarwords,phrases,oracronyms in the list of defini-tions found on page 26.
If you have questions about any part of thisbook,or the federal hazardous waste regula-tions,contact the RCRA Call Center at703 412-9810 or TDD 703 412-3323 in theWashington,DC,area or at 800 424-9346 orTDD 800 533-7672 from other locations,or<www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hotline>.The Call Center provides free technical assis-tance. Any information you share will not beused for any other purpose.
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