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Enforcement

National Enforcement Initiative: Reducing Hazardous Air Emissions at Hazardous Waste Facilities

Problem

Widespread air emission violations are associated with the improper management of hazardous waste. RCRA requires effective monitoring to identify and repair leaks from hazardous waste storage tanks, pipes, valves, and other equipment. These releases are known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects, or seriously impact the environment.  

Goal

EPA, in partnership with authorized states, will focus on identifying and addressing violations of leak detection and repair requirements for related hazardous waste treatment equipment. This initiative will ensure a nationally consistent approach to returning facilities to compliance in order to reduce health and environmental exposure and ensure a level playing field for regulated industries.

 

EPA's progress toward inspecting and addressing hazardous air emissions

Map of inspections and addressing actions for hazardous air emissions at hazardous waste facilities.