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Federal Rules - Hazardous Waste Manifest System

 

As most hazardous waste generators know, off-site shipments of hazardous wastes must be made by a qualified hazardous waste transporter, and each waste container and waste type must be clearly documented on a hazardous waste shipping manifest.  Although generators could document their waste shipments using EPA’s Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest, many states asked their generators to use state-devised manifests that reflected unique state requirements.  In March 2005, in an effort to gain efficiency, reduce paperwork burdens, and maintain consistency across all states EPA published a final rule specifying that generators in all states use one type of manifest.  The rule specified that as of September 5, 2006, all hazardous waste generators in the nation use the federal Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest, EPA Form 8700-22.

 

With this new rule, states are not allowed to alter the content or layout of the manifest.  Manifests need to be prepared by private printing companies in accordance with precise standards specified in the rule.  Each form must also have a unique pre-printed tracking number and a three-letter suffix that identifies the printing company.  Printing companies must contact EPA in order to register, and finally print and distribute Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifests.

 

The manifesting requirements are found in South Dakota’s hazardous waste rules at ARSD 74:28:23:01, adopting by reference the federal regulations at 40 CFR 262 Subpart B.  Information regarding the manifest process can also be obtained through EPA’s website at:

http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/transportation/manifest/

 

Printers registered to print and distribute manifests can be obtained at:

http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/transportation/manifest/registry/


Management of Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs)

 

A cathode ray tube (CRT) is a component of certain glass video display screens such as those found in color computer monitors and television consoles.  The glass screens associated with the units contain a lead-containing frit or layer that protects the user from wavelengths generated by the CRT.  Once a CRT unit breaks or is no longer usable, the amount of lead in the glass is enough to make the waste a regulated hazardous waste.  The level of lead and materials in these units also mean the used CRTs are amenable to recycling.  What the CRT rule does is provide an exemption from both being considered a solid and a hazardous waste if the unit is recycled.  This allows generators who accumulate used CRTs for recycling to not consider the materials as either a solid waste or hazardous waste.  The rule also exempts recycling operations receiving used CRTs from the hazardous waste requirements.  The CRT exemption can be found at: ARSD 74:28:21:02, adopting by reference 40 CFR Part 261.4(a)(22).

 

Additional information regarding the CRT rule can be found at:

http://www.epa.gov/osw/laws-regs/state/revision/frs/fr215.pdf

 

To obtain a list of CRT recyclers available to South Dakota businesses go to:

http://stage.denr.sd.gov/des/wm/recycle/recyclecrt.aspx


Universal Wastes: Mercury-Containing Equipment

 

Through the addition of this rule, EPA and the state continues the effort to reduce mercury in the environment.  By including mercury-containing equipment as a Universal Waste, the regulations allow generators to manage waste mercury-containing materials in a less onerous, but protective manner.  The rule encourages generators to recover mercury rather than dispose of it.  By managing mercury-containing equipment as a universal waste, generators are provided simple storage and transportation requirements in order for the mercury to be safely recycled.

 

Mercury-containing equipment (MCE) covered by this rule is defined as a device, item or article that contains varying amounts of elemental mercury that is integral to its function.  Examples include thermostats, barometers, manometers, and mercury switches such as those used in automobiles.  MCEs are widely used, from households and municipalities, to medical facilities, electric utilities, and manufacturing operations.  The addition of mercury-containing equipment to the Universal Waste Rule can be found at:  ARSD 74:28:33:01, adopting by reference 40 CFR Part 273.


If you have any questions concerning the state or federal rules of hazardous waste, please contact Carrie Jacobson or call (605) 773-3153. 

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