3745-273-89 Applicability- management standards for Ohio-specific universal wastes

Note:  It would be helpful to read this rule first as it explains what wastes are eligible to be managed as universal waste.  There was no room to place this rule in the beginning of the chapter.

Summary of proposed changes:

The purpose of designating a hazardous waste as a universal waste is to promote the proper handling, recycling or disposal of the hazardous waste by streamlining the regulations that apply to the waste.  The hazardous wastes currently designated as universal wastes are batteries, mercury-containing equipment, certain pesticides and lamps.  Ohio EPA is considering on adding hazardous non-empty aerosol containers, hazardous antifreeze and hazardous paint and paint-related wastes to the list of Ohio universal wastes.  The universal waste rules are optional; a generator or handler of a waste designated as a universal waste has the option of handling the waste according to the universal waste rules or the traditional hazardous waste rules.

Each new universal waste will be subject to streamlined provisions that are tailored to address the risks the wastes may pose.  The requirements include:  labeling, tank and container standards, limited treatment provisions, accumulation time limits, employee training requirements, emergency response requirements and transportation according to applicable Department of Transportation rules.  

Ohio EPA is accepting comment on these draft rules until December 21, 2016:

You may view the draft universal waste rules at http://epa.ohio.gov/derr/derrrules/rcra.aspx#176615080interested-party-review or call 614/644-2927 to obtain a copy.

Please submit your comments by regular mail or electronically to the following addresses.  If you have questions, you may contact Karen Hale at 614/644-2927. 

Karen Hale


P.O. Box 1049

 Columbus, OH 43216-1049

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