"Rcra Hazardous Waste Notification Requirements Letter Template" - Oregon

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[Date]
[Name]
[Business]
[Address]
Re: RCRA Hazardous Waste Notification Requirements
Dear [Name]:
On July 24, 1990, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated in the
Federal Register changes to the general pretreatment regulations (cf., 55 FR 30082). The
changes affected both publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) and industrial users
(IUs) of POTWs. "Industrial users" or "IUs" includes non-domestic users such as
commercial users and businesses. One of the changes requires IUs to submit a
notification of hazardous wastes discharged to POTW sewerage collection systems. It is
a pretreatment program Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) reporting
requirement. This pretreatment program requirement is codified in the Code of Federal
Regulations at 40 CFR 403.12(p).
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the pretreatment program
Approval Authority for Oregon. The DEQ and federal regulations (cf., 40 CFR
403.8(f)(2)(iii)), require us to notify you of this RCRA reporting requirement. It is one of
the requirements of our approved pretreatment program. Pretreatment program RCRA
reporting requirements are incorporated into our Municipal Code in Section [Cite
Applicable Code Section Number]. Following is a brief description of this requirement.
Who Must Notify:
All non-domestic users of the [Municipality's] sewerage collection and treatment
facilities that discharge listed or characteristic RCRA hazardous waste to the POTW
(except as described below) must notify the [Municipality] and other regulatory
agencies. RCRA listed and characteristic wastes are described in 40 CFR Part 261.
Notification Must be Sent to:
• The [Municipality]
• The EPA Regional Waste Management Division Director, and
• State of Oregon Hazardous Waste Authority
This notification must be submitted in writing for any discharge into the [Municipality's]
POTW of any substance, which, if otherwise disposed of, would be a hazardous waste
under 40 CFR Part 261.
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[Date]
[Name]
[Business]
[Address]
Re: RCRA Hazardous Waste Notification Requirements
Dear [Name]:
On July 24, 1990, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated in the
Federal Register changes to the general pretreatment regulations (cf., 55 FR 30082). The
changes affected both publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) and industrial users
(IUs) of POTWs. "Industrial users" or "IUs" includes non-domestic users such as
commercial users and businesses. One of the changes requires IUs to submit a
notification of hazardous wastes discharged to POTW sewerage collection systems. It is
a pretreatment program Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) reporting
requirement. This pretreatment program requirement is codified in the Code of Federal
Regulations at 40 CFR 403.12(p).
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the pretreatment program
Approval Authority for Oregon. The DEQ and federal regulations (cf., 40 CFR
403.8(f)(2)(iii)), require us to notify you of this RCRA reporting requirement. It is one of
the requirements of our approved pretreatment program. Pretreatment program RCRA
reporting requirements are incorporated into our Municipal Code in Section [Cite
Applicable Code Section Number]. Following is a brief description of this requirement.
Who Must Notify:
All non-domestic users of the [Municipality's] sewerage collection and treatment
facilities that discharge listed or characteristic RCRA hazardous waste to the POTW
(except as described below) must notify the [Municipality] and other regulatory
agencies. RCRA listed and characteristic wastes are described in 40 CFR Part 261.
Notification Must be Sent to:
• The [Municipality]
• The EPA Regional Waste Management Division Director, and
• State of Oregon Hazardous Waste Authority
This notification must be submitted in writing for any discharge into the [Municipality's]
POTW of any substance, which, if otherwise disposed of, would be a hazardous waste
under 40 CFR Part 261.
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Wastes Covered by the Notification:
• Any discharge to the POTW of > 15 kilograms (kg) (33 lb.) per calendar month of a
RCRA hazardous waste, or a discharge of any quantity of an acutely hazardous waste
identified in 40 CFR 261.30(d) and 261.33(e), must be reported as a one-time
notification.
• A discharge to the POTW of ≤ 15 kg (33 lb.) per calendar month of a RCRA
hazardous waste need not be reported, except for acutely hazardous waste identified
in 40 CFR 261.30(d) and 261.33(e).
• A subsequent discharge of > 15 kg (33 lb.) per calendar month, or of any quantity of
an acutely hazardous waste, must be reported as a one-time notification.
• Pollutants already reported under reporting requirements for categorical industrial
users in base line monitoring, final and periodic compliance reports are not subject to
this notification requirement.
Notification Must Include:
• Name of the hazardous waste as set forth in 40 CFR Part 261.
• EPA hazardous waste number.
• Type of discharge to the sewer (continuous, batch, or other).
• A certification that you have in place a program to reduce the volume and toxicity of
hazardous wastes generated to the degree you have determined to be economically
practical.
If you discharge more than 100 kilograms (220 lb.) of hazardous waste per calendar
month to the POTW, the one-time notification shall also contain the following
information to the extent such information is known or readily available:
An identification of the hazardous constituents contained in the wastes.
An estimation of the mass and concentration of such constituents in the waste
stream discharged during the calendar month in which the one-time report is made.
An estimation of the mass of constituents in the waste stream expected to be
discharged during the twelve months following the notification.
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When the Notification Must be Submitted
• If you commenced discharging such wastes before August 23, 1990, you were
required to have submitted this notification by no later than February 23, 1991. If
you fall into that category and have not yet submitted the notification, do so right
away.
• If you commence discharging after August 23, 1990, you must submit the notification
no later than 180 days after the discharge of the listed or characteristic hazardous
waste. [This paragraph is based on 40 CFR 403.12(p) but should be modified in
accordance with the Municipality's local sewer Code requirements. For
example, many Municipalities require immediate notification from all users.]
• In the event the USEPA identifies any additional characteristics of hazardous waste or
listing of any additional substance as a hazardous waste pursuant to Section 3001 of
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 “Identification and Listing of
Hazardous Wastes” (40 CFR § 261) , you must notify the [Municipality], EPA and
the State of Oregon of the discharge of such substance within 90 days of the effective
date of such regulations.
• The notification need be submitted only once for each hazardous waste discharged,
except when there will be a substantial change in the volume or character of the
hazardous waste discharged (generally because of a planned change in your facility
operations). In this case, you must notify the [Municipality] in advance.
How to Count the Volume of Hazardous Waste Discharged
If a hazardous waste is mixed with a non-hazardous process or non-process waste stream
and the entire mixture is then discharged to the sewer, the volume of the entire waste
stream containing hazardous waste is considered hazardous according to the RCRA
"mixture rule" in 40 CFR 261.3(a)(2)(iii). The effect of this rule is summarized as
follows:
• Characteristic Wastes: These wastes are classified as hazardous because they
exhibit one of the hazardous characteristics identified in 40 CFR 261.20 − 40 CFR
261.24 (i.e., they are ignitable, corrosive, reactive, or toxic). If these wastes are
mixed with non-hazardous materials and the mixture is then discharged to the sewer,
the notification must be submitted only if the entire mixture actually discharged is
> 15 kg (33 lb.) per calendar month and if the entire mixture discharged still exhibits
the characteristic(s).
• Listed Wastes: These are wastes that are classified as hazardous pursuant to being
listed in 40 CFR 261.30 − 40 CFR 261.33. If these listed wastes are mixed with non-
hazardous materials and then discharged to the sewer, the entire waste stream is
considered hazardous and a notification must be submitted. Thus, only if the entire
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waste stream containing the hazardous waste amounted to ≤ 15 kg (33 lb.) per
calendar month, would the above exemption apply.
• Questionable Wastes: If you have any doubt about whether a mixture discharged to
the sewer is hazardous, or if you do not wish to perform any calculations which may
be necessary under the mixture rule (cf., 40 CFR 261.3(a)(2)(iii)) you should submit
the one-time notification.
If you have any questions, please call me at [Telephone Number] and/or .
USEPA Region 10
Director
Office of Air, Waste & Toxics
USEPA Region 10 AWT-127
th
1200 6
Avenue
Seattle WA. 98102
Oregon DEQ
Manager
Hazardous Waste Policy & Program Development
Department of Environmental Quality
811 SW 6th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204-1390
Sincerely,
[Name]
[Title]
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