Intermediate RCRA (8 Hours)

This course is an in-depth study of the application of hazardous waste regulations with an emphasis on generator compliance, site investigation & remediation, permitting, enforcement, and liability.

The course includes a history and overview of hazardous waste management laws and regulations, a guide to complying with the myriad of hazardous waste regulations including how to:

  • recognize hazardous wastes,
  • how to manage waste correctly on site,
  • how to properly select,
  • label and mark waste containers,
  • how to prepare shipments for transport to treatment, storage and disposal facilities, and
  • how to properly keep records for compliance and enforcement.

An in-depth examination of the regulation of toxic and hazardous substances, this course will address major federal legislation regarding the management and disposal of hazardous wastes, and the clean-up of disposal sites (toxic waste dumps) contaminated by hazardous substances. In particular, it will discuss in detail the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability ACT (CERCLA), otherwise know as “Superfund”. The course will also address associated disposal and clean-up issues, such as those involving state restrictions on the interstate and international transportation of hazardous wastes, criminal and civil liabilities for illegal activities, and insurance coverage for clean-up liability. Information on how to comply with the 2006 Hazardous Waste Manifest changes are also included.

Learning Objectives

This course talks about the "Big Picture" of RCRA; where the regulations came from, and the structure of those regulations. Students will review:

  • What kinds of things are generally regulated as "hazardous waste" and will be given an understanding of the overall purpose and objectives of RCRA hazardous waste regulations;
  • The concepts of systematic "cradle to grave" management and the three "persons" involved in this management;

The students will be able to:

  • Define hazardous material and hazardous waste
  • Identify federal, state, and local regulations pertinent to hazardous waste management
  • Explain majors topics covered by RCRA
  • Discuss regulatory impacts on hazardous waste management
  • Describe regulatory requirements for hazardous material/waste handling & sampling procedures
  • Apply relevant regulations to given scenarios
  • Recognize that proper hazardous waste management is required by federal and state regulations.
  • Describe waste minimization principles and how to apply them when planning a project.
  • Determine if waste is hazardous and, if so, in what respect.
  • Maintain proper hazardous waste container and storage requirements, including:
    1. Labeling
    2. Closure
    3. Compatibility
    4. Secondary containment
    5. Maximum amounts
    6. Maximum storage periods
    7. Properly transfer hazardous waste from satellite accumulation area (SAA) to < 90 days storage area, or request pickup using on-line procedure.
  • Learn the basic requirements for Transportation of Hazardous wastes including the requirements from DOT or USEPA.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and requirements pertaining to Temporary Storage Disposal facility (TSDF)

Cost: US$ 149.99