Virgina adopts the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule

Virgina has adopted the Hazardous Waste Generators Improvement Rule.

The Virgina DEQ Website:

The Generator Improvements Rule (GIR) was developed by EPA to make necessary changes to the hazardous waste generator regulatory program by making the regulations easier to understand, improving environmental protection, and providing greater flexibility in how hazardous waste is managed to better fit today's business operations. Most of the rule changes are clarifications to the existing regulations meant to facilitate improved compliance.

EPA proposed numerous changes to the hazardous waste generator regulatory program on September 25, 2015. EPA received more than 200 comments from state and local governments, the generating industry, the hazardous waste management industry, academia, the energy sector, retailers, and others. The rule was revised accordingly, and the final Generator Improvements Rule appeared in the Federal Register on November 28, 2016, and became effective federally on May 30, 2017.

The new Generator Improvement Rule was recently adopted into the Virginia Hazardous Waste Management Regulations (VHWMR) as it was written. GIR becomes effective in Virginia on April 8, 2018. This rule will affect what requirements generators must comply with in the future.

[The Virgina DEQ Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement rule website]

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