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Hazardous Waste Rules: Laundered Textile Exclusion

Ohio EPA’s hazardous waste program has developed draft rule language that will exclude contaminated textiles such as gloves, aprons, smocks and uniforms from needing to be managed as hazardous waste if they are laundered and intended for reuse.

Ohio currently has an exclusion that allows solvent contaminated wipes to be laundered without the need for the generator to manage them as hazardous waste or the laundry/cleaning facility to obtain a hazardous waste storage permit, however, this exclusion does not include other textiles such as gloves, aprons and uniforms.

The new, proposed laundered textile exclusion expands the eligibility of materials to be excluded from hazardous waste rules if properly and responsibly managed through laundering and reuse. For more information, contact Karen Hale in Ohio EPA’s Division of Emergency Response and Revitalization at (614) 644-2927 or Karen.Hale@epa.ohio.gov.

Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule

On Oct. 28, 2016, U.S. EPA finalized the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule with the goals of making the rules easier to understand, facilitating increased compliance, providing greater flexibility in how hazardous waste is managed and closing important gaps in the regulations.

Two areas where the rule will allow for more flexibility include:

  • Allowing a hazardous waste generator to avoid the increased burden of a more restrictive generator status when generating episodic waste; and
  • Allowing a Very Small Quantity Generator (known currently in Ohio as a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator) to send its hazardous waste to a Large Quantity Generator under control of the same person.

The rule also finalizes several clarifications without increasing requirements, including a reorganization of the hazardous waste generator rules so that they are all in one place.

Ohio EPA is evaluating the federal rule changes. Until the rules have been adopted by the state of Ohio, there is no expectation from Ohio EPA that Ohio’s businesses comply with the generator improvement rules. For more information, contact Karen Hale in Ohio EPA’s Division of Emergency Response and Revitalization at (614) 644-2927 or Karen.Hale@epa.ohio.gov.