Summary of Environmental Regulations
The following is a summary of environmental regulations and requirements. For information on a particular category, please click one of the following links:
- Hazardous Waste
- Elementary Neutralization
- Solvent Recovery
- Universal Wastes
- Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) - New York Public Health Law
- Petroleum/Chemical Storage (Tanks)
- Clean Water Act
- Clean Air Act - State Facility Permit
- Toxic Substance Control Act
- Spill Response
- Environmental Management System (recommended by the EPA)
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- Generators of hazardous waste may accumulate up to 55 gallons of hazardous waste (or 1 quart of acute hazardous waste) in containers of Satellite Accumulation Areas (SAA's). The SAA must (1) be located at or near the point of initial generation, and (2) be under the control of the person(s) generating the wastes. Containers in each SAA must be managed in accordance with the SAA rules.
- All waste generators must determine if each waste they generate is a hazardous waste. The determination can be based on analysis using specified test methods, or the generator's knowledge of the chemistry and processes generating the waste.
- All chemical and other hazardous wastes must be properly identified, segregated and disposed of as a hazardous waste.
- Training is required for anyone who generates or handles hazardous waste.
- Corroded containers and "old" chemicals must be disposed of as a hazardous waste.
- Hazardous waste containers must be removed from labs and other accumulation areas within 3 days of filling the container.
- Waste containers must be appropriate for the contents, in good condition, clearly labeled with the words "Hazardous Waste", and identify the contents of the container without the use of abbreviations or chemical formulas.
- Secondary containment must be provided for hazardous waste containers.
- Generators must implement efforts to reduce hazardous waste by substituting less hazardous materials, purchasing smaller quantities, micro-scale experiments, recycling, etc.
- Containers holding hazardous waste must be kept closed except when adding or removing waste.
Note: This list is not inclusive of all environmental regulations and requirements. If you have any questions, please call EH&S at 631-632-6410.