Hazardous Waste Management During COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidelines from MassDEP
Updated: May 12
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) published guidance on April 8, 2020 pertaining to how Hazardous Waste Generators should be managing their waste during this pandemic. The guidance gives advice on requirements for weekly inspections, signing electronic manifests and storage limits. Please see the guidance for full details, but here are some key takeaways:
Guidelines are effective March 10, 2020, and until 45 days following the termination of the state of emergency.
A facility subject to container and tank inspection requirements that is closed during the State of Emergency should make every reasonable effort to do applicable daily/weekly inspections. If employers have concerns about deploying their employees to do such inspections, then they should contact MassDEP at 617-292-5898.
A generator may enter into an agreement, by electronic mail or otherwise, with a transporter whereby the transporter may sign on behalf of the generator.
If a facility is a generator of hazardous waste and, due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is unable to transfer the waste off-site within the time periods required under 21C/RCRA to maintain its generator status, the facility should continue to properly label and store such waste and notify the Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I
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