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Practicing Year-Round Waste Compliance

By Wade Scheel, Clean Earth Inc. |

There are many regulations surrounding the production of waste at manufacturing facilities. By approaching regulatory practices in a proactive manner, sites can ensure personnel and environmental safety, as well as continuous compliance When it comes to handling hazardous waste in the chemical process industries (CPI), it can be challenging to keep up with the ever-changing federal and state regulations. For those responsible for the cleaning and upkeep of facilities, it is crucial to stay up to date on industry changes to ensure compliance and avoid potential fines and penalties. A quick search for “hazardous waste fines” brings a long list of businesses in every industry being penalized for mishandling disposal of hazardous waste. Because waste-handling is a highly regulated sector where regulations change all the time, manufacturers cannot afford to leave compliance to chance. In fact, one large manufacturing company was recently fined hundreds of millions of dollars for noncompliance due to decades-long contamination of groundwater. We continue to see companies of all sizes receive hefty fines for hazardous-waste disposal violations. From a regulatory perspective, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; Washington,…
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