October 29, 2019

Air Emission Guidance Now Centrally Located

Whereas air emissions from manufacturing and production operations are regulated under the Clean Air Act (CAA), air emissions from hazardous waste operations are often regulated under RCRA. We have previously reported on air emissions compliance under RCRA and how it is considered a national compliance initiative. To stress the importance of minimizing organic air emissions from waste management units, EPA created a new website to provide easy access to the agency’s compliance guidance and training modules on the topic.

The RCRA air emission standards in Parts 264/265, Subparts AA, BB, and CC impact both large quantity generators and TSD facilities. These regulations govern not only hazardous waste containers, tanks, and surface impoundments, but also ancillary equipment and process vents. Combined, these standards make up the largest set of requirements on a single topic within the hazardous waste regulations. If you are new to the RCRA air emission standards, a great place to start is EPA’s Introduction to Air Emission Standards.


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