Waste Management Part 2 (Recordkeeping)

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Waste Management Part 2 (Recordkeeping) - Quiz


Basic recordkeeping and reporting requirements pursuant to RCRA regulations


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What are the three categories of hazardous waste generators pursuant to RCRA?

    • A.

      High volume generators, exempt generators, low volume generators

    • B.

      Large quantity generators, small quantity generators, special generators

    • C.

      Conditionally exempt small quantity generators, large quantity generators, small quantity generators

    Correct Answer
    C. Conditionally exempt small quantity generators, large quantity generators, small quantity generators
    Explanation
    The USEPA has established three categories of generators under RCRA: conditionally exempt small quantity generators (CESQG), large quantity generators (LQG), small quantity generators (SQG)

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  • 2. 

    Under RCRA, who is ulitmately responsible for the proper management of hazardous waste?

    • A.

      The generator

    • B.

      The TSDF

    • C.

      The generator and the TSDF are equally responsible

    Correct Answer
    A. The generator
    Explanation
    Under RCRA, the generator of the waste is ultimately responsible for the waste from "cradle" to "grave." However, the USEPA is authorized to hold all parties financially responsible in the event of a catastrophic clean-up (superfund) situation.

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  • 3. 

    The acronym TSDF stands for: treatment storage and disposal facility

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The acronym TSDF stands for treatment, storage, and disposal facility. This facility is responsible for the proper management and handling of hazardous waste. It ensures that waste is treated to reduce its toxicity, stored in a safe manner, and ultimately disposed of in an environmentally responsible way. Therefore, the statement "True" accurately reflects the meaning of the acronym TSDF.

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  • 4. 

    Who is required to write and maintain a hazardous waste contingency plan?

    • A.

      Both LQGs and SQGs, CESQGs are exempt

    • B.

      ALL generators of hazardous waste

    • C.

      LQGs only

    Correct Answer
    C. LQGs only
    Explanation
    Only large quantity generators of hazardous waste (LQGs) are required by law to develop, implement and maintain a written hazardous contingency plan

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  • 5. 

    The statute of limitations for RCRA is 5 years (i.e. the length of time that records need to be maintained.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Under RCRA all records (hazardous waste manifests, inspection records, training records) is three (3) years.

    However, under CERCLA liability is joint and several and there is no statutue of limitations (i.e. superfund)

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  • 6. 

    All generators of hazardous waste must post emergency information next to the phone (preferably in the vicinity of the accumulation area)

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    All generators of hazardous waste, regardless of category (LQG, SQG, or CESQG) must post emergency information near a phone

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  • 7. 

    A hazardous waste accumulation label must contain the following information:

    • A.

      Generator ID Number, date container was filled, hazard class

    • B.

      Proper DOT shipping name, start date of accumulation, responsible official

    • C.

      General facility information, type of waste generated, start date of accumulation

    Correct Answer
    C. General facility information, type of waste generated, start date of accumulation
    Explanation
    RCRA requires accumulation labels to have the following information: general facility information, type of waste generated, start date of accumulation.

    Once the waste is ready to be shipped off-site to a TSDF, the container must have DOT shipping information affixed to the container.

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  • 8. 

    Both LQGs and SQGs are required to conduct weekly inpsections of their hazardous waste accumulation areas and document the results.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Only conditionally exempt small quantity generators (CESQGs) are exempt from weekly inspection requirements

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  • 9. 

    A generator MUST recieve a signed copy of the hazardous waste manifest from the TSDF (treatment storage and disposal facility) within how many days?

    • A.

      45

    • B.

      60

    • C.

      35

    Correct Answer
    C. 35
    Explanation
    For shipments in which a copy of the manifest is not returned to the facility by the TSDF within 35 days, the facility must send an “Exception Report” letter to the State Environmental protection agency (or Federal EPA if the state does not have enforcement authority over RCRA).

    This exception report must be sent within 45 days (60 days for SQG) of shipping the waste.

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  • 10. 

    A "large quantity generator" (LQG) of hazardous waste is a facility that generates how much waste?

    • A.

      More than 2,200 lbs/mo

    • B.

      More than 22,000 lbs/mo

    • C.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. More than 2,200 lbs/mo
    Explanation
    CESQGs generate less than 220 lbs per month
    SQGs generate more than 220 lbs/mo but less than 2,200lb/mo
    LQGs generate 2,200lbs/mo or greater

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