March 01, 2017

Hazardous Waste Developments in the Retail Context

Patrick Paul

Environmental policy and regulation under the new Trump administration is open to wide scale speculation with competing fears of, and hopes for, implementation of campaign promises of regulatory retreat, policy reversal, and/or treaty withdrawal. The hot button items would seem to include possible changes to the Clean Power Plan, the Waters of the United States rule, and possible withdrawal from the Paris Accord. There are, however, a number of less publicized or glamorous regulatory policies or new rules that are set to impact the targeted industries. One such area is Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) focus on regulation of hazardous waste generated by the retail sector under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). In addition to RCRA’s Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, EPA is also exploring new rules for managing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, retail products like aerosol cans and consumer electronics, and protocols for reverse distribution of hazardous wastes from retail facilities.

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