Author Archives: Kahlilah Guyah

Preparing for an Unannounced Inspection

While at a client site yesterday, I received a call that the Fire Department wanted to visit the facility.  About an hour later a representative from the local fire department was on-site.  Believe it or not, he wanted to see … Continue reading

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CERCLA Basics

Last week I presented a series on Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), in the second part of that series I discussed Emergency Release Notification Requirements.  I briefly mentioned the intersection between the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation … Continue reading

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EPCRA TRI Reporting

I will wrap up this series of posts on EPCRA regulations with the last of the required reports, the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Report.  Let’s begin with identifying which facilities need to complete this report (see 40 CFR 372.22 for details). … Continue reading

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EPCRA Reporting

Over the past few posts I have discussed the requirements of Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) for both Emergency Planning and Emergency Release Notifications.  In today’s post I am going to tackle part one of the last major … Continue reading

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EPCRA Emergency Release Notifications

I am on a quest to demystify the requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know (EPCRA) regulation.  In the previous post I discussed the requirements of EPCRA Emergency Planning, today I am focusing on EPCRA emergency release notification.  EPCRA standards … Continue reading

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EPCRA Emergency Planning Requirements

In my previous post I mentioned the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) is composed of three major parts.  In today’s post I will focus on Emergency Planning, the portion of the law which intends to prepare state … Continue reading

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Introduction to EPCRA

Environmental regulations have the tendency to confuse even the most intelligent of professionals.  A group of regulations that I revisit often is Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know (EPCRA).  This week I will post of series that will detail the requirements … Continue reading

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Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PBCs) Regulatory Changes Ahead

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a class of man-made organic materials that are desirable because of  the following characteristics: non-flammable, chemically stable, have a high boiling point and electrical insulation properties.  Unfortunately the same characteristics cause them to persist and bioaccumulate in the … Continue reading

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Not all bulbs are created equally

In the last post I summarized requirements for universal waste.  One waste stream that falls into this category are bulbs (lamps).  Did you know that not all lamps need to be managed as universal waste that, in fact, some are not … Continue reading

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Universal Waste Requirements

Universal waste is a special category of hazardous waste that includes batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment and lamps.  For the most part, these wastes are self-explanatory but often confusion arises from mercury-containing equipment which includes a device or part of a device (including … Continue reading

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