Standardized Permit Rule
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The EPA is standardizing the federal hazardous waste permitting process by simplifying certain administrative procedures, and permit renewal and modification processes. The new streamlined system reduces paperwork and saves states and industry more than $3 million a year while maintaining stringent hazardous waste management requirements.
Fact Sheet: Hazardous Waste Permitting Process Standardized || PDF (2 pp, 13K)
Federal Register Notice - September 8, 2005
The support materials for this rule and the public comments EPA received on the proposal are available for public review online, as explained below.
To use the Regulations.gov:
- Select Docket Search.
- Select "Environmental Protection Agency" from the Agency drop-down menu.
- In the Docket ID box, type in the docket number EPA-HQ-RCRA-2001-0029 and press the "Submit" button to receive search results. Be patient; loading the documents takes time.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing revisions to the RCRA hazardous waste permitting program to allow a "standardized permit." The standardized permit would be available to facilities that generate hazardous waste and then manage the waste in units such as tanks, containers, and containment buildings.
This proposed revision to the RCRA permitting program reflects one of the recommendations of EPA's special task force, known as the Permits Improvement Team (PIT), which was convened to evaluate permitting activities and to make specific recommendations to improve these activities. The standardized permit should streamline the permit process by allowing facilities to obtain and modify permits more easily while maintaining the protectiveness currently existing in the individual RCRA permit process.
In addition to the requirements proposed in this Federal Register notice, we also are soliciting comment on two issues related to RCRA treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. We are requesting comment on:
- How all facilities receiving permits (standardized, individual,
and permits by rule) can satisfy RCRA corrective action requirements
by conducting cleanup under the
direction of appropriate alternative state cleanup programs; and
- Conclusions about captive insurance in a March, 2001 report by EPAs Inspector General and a requirement that insurers that provide financial assurance for hazardous waste and PCB facilities have a minimum rating from commercial rating services.
Selected Support Materials
Cost Estimates for Standardized Permits: Option 4 (PDF) (20 pp, 473K)
Cost Estimates for Standardized Permits: Option 5 (PDF) (35 pp, 74K)
- Unit-Specific Data for Container Storage Areas (PDF) (6 pp, 9K)
- Cost Estimating Worksheets for Container Storage Areas (PDF) (256 pp, 982K)
- Tank Systems (PDF) (5 pp, 9K)
- Cost Estimating Worksheets for Tank Systems (PDF) (408 pp, 1.3MB)
- Data Used to Derive Multipliers for Costs of Treatment and Disposal (PDF)(4 pp, 6K)
- Data Used to Conduct a Comparative Analysis of Cost Estimates for Container Storage Areas (PDF) (1 pg, 5K)
- Data Used to Conduct a Comparative Analysis of Cost Estimates for Tank Systems (PDF) (2 pp, 6K)
- Revised Draft Report on Analysis of Cost Estimates for Closure and Post Closure Care (PDF) (34 pp, 68K)
- Letter to Leonard Crouse, Vermont Department of Banking (PDF) (14 pp, 36K)
- Letter to Liz Cotsworth from Frank Romano in Response to Leonard Crouse Letter (PDF) (4 pp, 166K)
- Economics Background Document: Estimate of Potential National Cost Savings for the Industrial Hazardous Waste "Standardized" RCRA Permit Proposal (PDF) (74 pp, 1.0MB)
- Capital Ratios and Property-Liability-Insurer Insolvencies (PDF) (25 pp, 78K)
- Focus Group Meeting on Developing a RCRA Standardized Permit; Draft Minutes (PDF) (8 pp, 17K)
- Changes Requested by OMB on Proposed Rule (PDF) (304 pp, 612K)
- Final Draft of Concept Paper on Environmental Permitting and Task Force Recommendations (PDF) (78 pp, 295K)
- Property Liability Insurer Financial Strength Ratings: Differences Across Rating Agencies (PDF) (22 pp, 144K)
- Information on Premium Rates and Insurer Ratings (PDF) (1 pg, 4K)
- Safety Kleen Consent Agreement (PDF) (60 pp, 115K)