Small Quantity Generator Hazardous Waste Regulations in Texas

Hazardous & Toxic Waste Disposal Compliance Regulations in Texas

I’d like to begin this discussion by giving an example of what can happen to companies who fail to manage hazardous waste disposal requirements, and then summarize Small Quantity Waste regulations in Texas at the end of the post.

EPA announced a $375,000 settlement with retailer Macy’s over several hazardous waste management violations.

The settlement included a requirement for Macy’s to train their employees regarding RCRA rules and regulations at over 400 retail and other locations nationwide.

Violations included failure of 44 retail locations to register with state environmental compliance agencies and EPA as Small Quantity Waste generators, and for failure to properly complete Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest forms.  These combined locations generated a total of 296,168 lbs of hazardous waste over a 3 year period. Apparently after a complete review, Macy’s determined that the company will generate 1.2 million pounds of hazardous waste per year.

Many retailers are not aware that they must manage hazardous and toxic waste disposal the same way that manufacturers and other industries must do  so.

Companies, regardless of industry, face major environmental fines and penalties when failing to do so as this example shows.

Here is a brief list of environmental compliance regulations for Small Quantity Waste Generators in Texas:

  • Small Quantity Waste Generators generate between 220-2,200 lbs per month of hazardous waste.
  • Must notify TCEQ and EPA
    • After notification, the generator will receive an EPA Waste Generator ID and Texas State Waste Generator ID
  • Must train all employees per RCRA waste regulations
  • Must train all employees per DOT hazardous materials regulations
  • Must create and manage a P2 Waste Plan (waste reduction plan)
  • Must dispose of waste at approved hazardous waste treatment facilties
  • Must use approved and licensed hazardous waste transporters
  • Must use use proper waste manifest forms when shipping hazardous waste and maintain these waste manifests on file
  • Must submit annual waste summaries to TCEQ

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By |2020-08-10T15:49:26-05:00June 21st, 2018|Fed Regulation, Government Regulation, Hazardous Waste Management, State & Local Regulation, Texas Environmental Regulations, Texas Hazardous Materials Regulations|Comments Off on Small Quantity Generator Hazardous Waste Regulations in Texas

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How A Sales Guy Transformed Into An Environmental, Health & Safety Expert & Advocate For Small Businesses I've spent my entire 30+ year career working within the manufacturing and “industrial services” sectors. The first 15 years of my career focused on sales of hazardous materials related products and services to the manufacturing sector, then for the last 16+ years transitioned into entrepreneurship, founding 3 small industrial services related contracting businesses. As you’ll see below, running these companies eventually lead me to found yet a 4th business, but more on that in a minute…. Here’s a brief description of the first 3 companies: Berg Environmental Services, Inc.: hazardous waste disposal & transportation services, founded in August of 2003 3rd party wind energy operations & maintenance services provider to utility scale wind farms throughout the US, founded in September 2007 3rd party oil & gas exploration & production services provider, founded in August of 2011 Each of these companies operated in extremely dangerous working conditions and exposed my employees to a wide range of serious health & safety hazards on a daily basis. To complicate matters, 2 of the companies also exposed the environment to significant potential harm. In other words, I learned very early the critical importance of managing environmental, health and safety issues so as to ensure the safety of our employees and the environment, as well as minimizing related risks. But I also learned how incredibly difficult and challenging this endeavor can be due to the wide range of complicated and continually changing environmental, health and safety rules and regulations that impacted the companies. To summarize the challenges: First I had to determine which regulations applied to each company, then I had to build compliance programs to meet those regulations, and finally I had to ensure that the programs were being managed and followed by our staff on a daily basis. All while trying to run and grow 3 profitable businesses…. It was overwhelming and I always struggled to keep up. To make matters worse, throughout this time I also witnessed the devastating price that companies, management and ownership can pay for failing to manage EHS compliance. This included seeing one of my hazardous waste management clients get sent to jail over environmental issues, another client’s management team threatened with jail time, a direct competitor get fined $378,000 by OSHA fine after an employee was nearly killed, and many others face major fines and penalties. Full disclosure, one of my companies got fined by OSHA at one point, & another was cited by TCEQ, so I know how it feels. In summary, I learned first hand how incredibly difficult it is for small companies to manage EHS compliance due to a common lack of the critical expertise, time and resources that are needed to keep up, and how this situation then ends up exposing them to these potentially catastrophic risks that can literally destroy lives and businesses. This later inspired me to found my 4th company, Berg Compliance Solutions in 2012, which is dedicated to helping other small businesses, and business owners, to manage EHS compliance and risk. Education BA, Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder, December, 1990. Summary of Professional Experience & Qualifications: 30+ years serving the manufacturing & industrial services sectors 30+ years of sales and marketing experience 16+ years as small business owner & entrepreneur: Founded and operated 4 small businesses since 2003. Environmental, Health & Safety Compliance & Program Related: 19 plus years of hazardous waste management including EPA, TCEQ & RCRA regulations 8 years of DOT/FMCSA compliance experience, including hazardous materials transportation 8 years of combined experience implementing and managing OSHA health and safety compliance programs for 2 high risk energy services businesses Successfully implemented and gained ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification and OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health & Safety Advisory Service) Certification for wind energy maintenance business. Regulatory Enforcement Related Experience: Served as expert witness in criminal environmental compliance enforcement cases Superfund-CERCLA OSHA enforcement inspections, investigations and resolution in following industries: industrial services, manufacturing & construction. TCEQ enforcement inspections, investigations and resolution in manufacturing.