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Did you know that hazardous waste generators are responsible for the hazardous waste they generate from cradle-to-grave? In other words, once you generate the waste, you have the responsibility of ensuring that it is properly managed even after it leaves your facility. There are actions your business can take to reduce the chances your waste is mismanaged.
First, pick a Treatment, Storage and/or Disposal Facility (TSDF) that is in compliance with Ohio EPA regulations. Qualifications should include:
If you find non-compliance issues, contact an Ohio EPA inspector in the district office and ask:
A history of violations may signal poor waste management practices (for example, many spills, emergency incidents, unauthorized treatment/storage/disposal activities). For facilities that are not located in Ohio, the environmental agency in the state where the facility is located should have compliance and permitting information available. There is no contact list for all other state environmental agencies, however, contact information is available on U.S. EPA’s Regional Office website.
It is also important you understand how your hazardous waste is going to be handled once it gets to the TDSF. For instance, your waste may be received by one facility for treatment and then shipped off to another site for disposal. In this situation, you should look at the compliance and operating status of both sites.
You may find Ohio EPA’s fact sheet Selecting a Treatment Storage and Disposal Facility to Manage Your Hazardous Waste helpful with this process. Ohio EPA maintains a list of Ohio facilities permitted to treat, store and/or dispose of hazardous wastes.
Additional help is available through Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP). They can help you determine if the facility has other Ohio EPA permits, regulatory obligations, its compliance status, answer questions you may have or help you understand Ohio EPA’s rules. OCAPP is a non-regulatory office within the Ohio EPA that helps businesses comply with environmental regulations and permitting requirements. For more information, contact OCAPP at (800) 329-7518, or visit our website.
Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance
Compliance Assistance Hotline: (800) 329-7518
Funding: (614) 644-2798 ~ Fax: (614) 644-3687 ~ Contact Us
Compliance: (614) 644-3469 ~ Fax: (614) 644-2807 ~ Contact Us
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049
Street Address: 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus, OH 43215
Report a Spill, Release or Environmental Crime
(800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946
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