chapter  5
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Determining the Firm’s Regulatory Category

WithGary F. Lindgren

Once an inventory of the wastes produced at the manufacturing facility is conducted, and the wastes have been determined to be either hazardous or nonhazardous, the next step necessary for compliance is to determine how the firm’s hazardous waste management activities fit into the available regulatory categories. This will involve both a quantification of the total amount of all hazardous wastes generated per month and an assessment of the types of HWM activities conducted onsite. There are several categories, and the 1984 amendments to RCRA added two peripheral categories, dealing with used oil and underground product storage tanks. As a result, many manufacturing firms will fall into more than one category. The categories of regulated parties under RCRA that potentially apply to manufacturing firms are: