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Resource Conservation And Recovery Act Self-Assessment Tools

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) provides"cradle-to-grave" control of solid and hazardous waste by establishing management requirements on generators and transporters of hazardous waste and on owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. RCRA mainly applies to active facilities, although through Section 7003, it can address the serious problem of abandoned and inactive facilities. These abandoned facilities also may be covered under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.  Federal RCRA regulations are set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 40 CFR parts 240-282.  Below are available checklists and audit protocols to help organizations determine their compliance with RCRA. 

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Hazardous Waste Generators

Hazardous Waste Transporters

Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities

Solid Waste

Specialty Processes

Storage Tanks

Universal Wastes

Hazardous Waste Generators

EPA Protocol for Conducting Environmental Compliance Audits of Hazardous Waste Generators under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act  - This protocol was developed by EPA in 2001 to assist businesses and organizations who generate hazardous waste to conduct thorough and comprehensive environmental audits under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. It provides guidance on key requirements, defines regulatory terms, and includes detailed checklists.

NY State Inspection Checklist: General Information and Classification of Facility 

NY State Inspection Checklist: Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQG) 

NY State Inspection Checklist: Small Quantity Generators (SQG) 

NY State Inspection Checklist: Tank Storage Requirements for SQGs 

NY State Inspection Checklist: Large Quantity Generators (LQG) 

NY State Inspection Checklist: Land Disposal Restrictions for SQGs, LQGs, and TSDs that Generate and/or Store 

NY State Inspection Checklist: AIR Emissions-Subpart AA, BB, and CC for LQGs 

Hazardous Waste Transporters

NY State Inspection Checklist: Transporters as Temporary (10-day) Storage Facilities 

Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities

EPA Protocol for Conducting Environmental Compliance Audits of Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) Facilities under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act This protocol was developed by EPA in 1998 to assist hazadous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities in conducting thorough and comprehensive environmental audits under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. It provides guidance on key requirements, defines regulatory terms, and includes detailed checklists.

NY State Inspection Checklist: Interim Status Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities 

NY State Inspection Checklist: Land Disposal Restrictions for SQGs, LQGs, and TSDs that Generate and/or Store 

NY State Inspection Checklist: Land Disposal Restrictions for TSD Facilities that Treat and/or Dispose 

NY State Inspection Checklist: Closure/Post Closure Inspection 

NY State Inspection Checklist: AIR Emissions-Subpart AA, BB, and CC 

Solid Waste

EPA Protocol for Conducting Environmental Compliance Audits of Facilities Regulated under Subtitle D of  Resource Conservation and Recovery Act This protocol was developed by EPA in 2000 to assist facilities that collect, treat and dispose of solid non-hazardous waste conduct thorough and comprehensive environmental audits under Subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). It provides guidance on key requirements, defines regulatory terms, and includes detailed checklists.

Specialty Processes

NY State Inspection Checklist: Elementary Neutralization Units or Wastewater Treatment Units

NY State Inspection Checklist: Incinerators and Energy Recovery Units

NY State Inspection Checklist: Thermal Treatment

NY State Inspection Checklist: Chemical, Physical and Biological Treatment

Storage Tanks

EPA Protocol for Conducting Environmental Compliance Audits of Storage Tanks under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act This protocol was developed by EPA in 2000 to assist facilities that store and manage petroleum, hazardous substances, and hazardous waste in underground and/or aboveground storage tanks conduct thorough and comprehensive environmental audits under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). It provides guidance on key requirements, defines regulatory terms, and includes detailed checklists.

NY State Inspection Checklist: Tank Storage Requirements for SQGs

NY State Inspection Checklist: Tank Systems

EPA Risk-Based Corrective Action Program Implementation: Action Item Checklist This checklist provides a useful, chronological framework for steps that facilities that store petroleum in underground storage tanks to take (or at least consider) when developing a risk-based corrective action (RBCA) implementation process; lists guidance documents that will support the RBCA program; and suggests outreach/administrative components that will help ensure success. The checklist was developed by the American Society of Testing and Materials as part of its RBCA training process.

Universal Wastes


EPA Protocol for Conducting Environmental Compliance Audits of Used Oil and Universal Waste Generators under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act - This protocol was developed by EPA in 2000 to assist businesses and organizations that generate, store, transport, treat, or dispose of any type of universal waste conduct thorough and comprehensive environmental audits under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). It provides guidance on key requirements, defines regulatory terms, and includes detailed checklists.

NY State Inspection Checklists: Precious Metal Recovery and Spent Lead-Acid Batteries

NY State Inspection Checklists: Universal Waste

Used Oil


EPA Protocol for Conducting Environmental Compliance Audits of Used Oil and Universal Waste Generators under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act - This protocol was developed by EPA in 2000 to assist businesses and organizations that generate, store, transport, treat, or dispose of any type of used oil conduct thorough and comprehensive environmental audits under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). It provides guidance on key requirements, defines regulatory terms, and includes detailed checklists.


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