October 14, 2019

Wastes – Frequent Questions Database Provides RCRA Answers

One of the tools that you can use to learn more about RCRA compliance issues is the Wastes – Frequent Questions database. Here, you have access to hundreds of EPA responses to questions covering over a dozen categories of RCRA topics. Attached to these answers you’ll find references, allowing you to track the original source, be it a regulatory citation, RCRA Online guidance, or another document. There is also a set of questions and answers regarding EPA test methods that can help you better understand the science behind sampling and waste analysis.

While using this database, you may not find an answer to your specific question. If this happens, you have the opportunity to ask your own question. Just click the “Ask a Question” button located on the right-hand side of the home page, fill out the appropriate fields including name, email address, subject, and question, and then submit your question.

Receiving an answer to your question can be a great starting point for understanding the RCRA regulations more deeply. However, a personal email response to your question will not hold the same regulatory weight as a signed memo published on RCRA Online or a Federal Register preamble. This is because the information published in these “official channels” has been vetted and represents an official viewpoint or policy of EPA. Still, it can be a relief to obtain an answer to your specific RCRA question not found elsewhere.


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This document addresses issues of a general nature related to the federal RCRA regulations. Persons evaluating specific circumstances dealing with the RCRA regulations should review state and local laws and regulations, which may be more stringent than federal requirements. In addition, the assistance of a qualified professional should be enlisted to address any site-specific circumstances.