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PCRC Plain Language Guide

Federal Air Regulations

Air Emissions Information and Compliance Resources

State Regulations and Resources


Solid/Hazardous Waste

PCRC Plain Language Guide

Hazardous Waste Regulations

  • EPA Hazardous Waste Regulations. Covers a wide range of topics, including regulations for specific industrial activities.

  • Hazardous Waste Determination. Determining if your waste is hazardous is an important first step in correctly managing that waste.

  • Determining Your Hazardous Waste Generator Category. EPA established three categories of generators in the regulations: very small quantity generators (VSQG), small quantity generators (SQG), and large quantity generators (LQG). The volume of hazardous waste each generator produces in a calendar month determines which regulations apply.

  • Hazardous Waste Manifest System. EPA's hazardous waste manifest system is designed to track hazardous waste from the time it leaves the generator facility where it was produced, until it reaches the off-site waste management facility that will store, treat or dispose of the hazardous waste.

  • Hazardous Waste Electronic (e-Manifest) Manifest System. EPA established a national system for tracking hazardous waste shipments electronically. EPA launched e-Manifest on June 30, 2018. Under the e-Manifest Act and EPA's implementing regulations, manifest users may continue to use paper manifests, however, EPA strongly encourages the use of electronic manifests as these manifests will be the least expensive and easiest way to comply with the regulations.

  • Biennial Hazardous Waste Report. Federal regulations require large quantity generators to submit a report every two years regarding the nature, quantities and disposition of hazardous waste generated at their facility.

Hazardous Waste Information and Compliance Resources

State Hazardous Waste Resources

  • RCRA/Hazardous Waste Resource Locator. The rules for managing hazardous waste can vary from state to state. Find your state's regulations, along with permit forms, guidance, contact information and other helpful resources.

  • Universal Waste Resource Locator. Some common items (batteries, pesticides, etc.) may be exempt from hazardous waste rules. Find out which items are designated as Universal Wastes in your state, link to state regulations, and local contacts at state agencies.

  • TSD & Recycling Facilities Locator. Use this on-line directory for locating hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) and recycling facilities.

  • Differences in State vs Federal Hazardous Waste Regulations. EPA established basic hazardous waste management standards for businesses who produce hazardous waste. In some states the regulations differ from the federal regulations, e.g., generator categories. Use this table to determine if there are differences in your state.



PCRC Plain Language Guide

Wastewater and Stormwater Regulations

  • Metal Finishing Effluent Guidelines. Some metal cleaning/painting operations are covered by the metal finishing effluent guidelines. Also, local authorities may use these standards to set limits for operations that do not qualify as metal finishing but are similar in nature.

  • Stormwater Discharges from Industrial Activities. Material handling and storage, equipment maintenance and cleaning, and other activities at industrial facilities are often exposed to the weather. Runoff from rainfall or snowmelt that contacts these activities can pick up pollutants, and transport them directly to a nearby river, lake, or coastal water or indirectly via a storm sewer and degrade water quality. Most metal cleaning/painting operations must comply with stormwater rules and are regulated under the EPA's multi-sector general permit or state equivalent. 

  • Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) - Painting facilities are subject to the SPCC rule if they have aboveground oil storage capacity greater than 1,320 U.S. gallons, or completely buried oil storage capacity greater than 42,000 U.S. gallons.

Wastewater and Stormwater Information and Compliance Resources

State Wastewater and Stormwater Resources

  • Industrial Storm Water Resource Locator. Find stormwater permit forms and guidance documents for industrial facilities, and persons you can contact in your state agency for additional assistance.

  • Storm Water Training Resource Locator. Do you need to find information on Storm Water Training? Find storm water training resources available in your state with this tool.

  • Total Maximum Daily Load Resource Locator. Some streams and lakes are covered by Total Maximum Daily Load rules for sediment control. Find out about the TMDL program in your state and determine whether your facility will be affected by TMDL rules.






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