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Hazardous Waste Site Identification in EPA's Region 2

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About Site ID Numbers

Persons who generate, transport, treat, store or dispose of hazardous waste and who store recyclable materials prior to recycling them must determine if they are required under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to notify EPA of their hazardous waste activities and obtain an EPA RCRA site identification number. Very small quantity generators and persons whose solid waste has been excluded from regulation or whose hazardous waste has been exempted may not need to notify unless the authorized state requires notification.

A RCRA site ID number is the number assigned by EPA to the address of the physical location for each generator, transporter, and treatment, storage or disposal facility. EPA Region 2 issues two types of ID numbers - permanent or emergency (provisional). EPA Region 2 issues RCRA site identification numbers for sites in New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issues identification numbers for facilities in New Jersey.

Visit the Envirofacts database to confirm whether a location has an existing RCRA site ID number. You may also visit the RCRAInfo Web page to confirm whether a location has an existing RCRA site ID number.

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Permanent Site ID Numbers

A permanent RCRA site ID number is issued to locations where hazardous waste is managed from ongoing operations. It is also issued to track used oil and some universal waste activities. The EPA RCRA Site Identification form 8700-12 is used to assign an ID number to a person’s physical location address. 

An EPA ID number does not transfer with the handler if the handler moves to a different site. If your business moves to another location address, the operator or the owner must notify EPA Region 2 of this change. Since your business has changed locations, a new ID number will be assigned to the new location address based on the new RCRA Site Identification form 8700-12 submittal.

A completed EPA RCRA site ID form 8700-12 for each site located in New York, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, should be mailed to the address listed on our state contact list or submitted electronically through MyRCRAid. Forms received by regular mail are generally processed within two weeks. A written Acknowledgment of the RCRA Site Identification form is mailed to the site contact person’s mailing address within approximately three weeks from the receipt date of the form. Forms received by Express Mail Services are often processed within 48 hours from receipt. The site contact person is notified of the issued ID number by telephone or email.

A person may request to deactivate an ID number when their operations have ceased or when hazardous waste disposals have been completed. Deactivation requests may be prepared in the form of a letter on company letterhead and mailed to the appropriate state (NJDEP for New Jersey locations) or EPA Region 2 (for New York, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands locations) office. The signed letter should contain the site name, location address and reason for the deactivation request.

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MyRCRAid for Electronic Filing of the Site ID Form

Electronic reporting is an alternative to the paper-based system in which a facility sends the paper EPA RCRA site ID form 8700-12 to their regulating agency (typically a state environmental agency) to notify of their hazardous waste activities regulated under RCRA Subtitle C. The regulating agency then enters the information from the paper form into the national hazardous waste database called RCRAInfo. Information regarding hazardous waste generators, treatment, storage, and disposal facilities, transporters, and other regulated activities is stored in this national database.

MyRCRAid is an application within the RCRAInfo database that allows industry users to submit the EPA RCRA site ID form 8700-12 to their appropriate regulator electronically. These submissions are not inserted into the RCRAInfo database until they are approved by the regulator. EPA Region 2 accepts electronic submittals of the site ID form using the myRCRAid application for locations in New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Regulation (CROMERR) provides the legal framework for electronic reporting under all of the EPA's environmental regulations. The standards are designed to provide electronic submittals with the same level of legal dependability as the corresponding paper submittals. CROMERR has made it possible for EPA to implement an application, myRCRAid, that allows the site to submit their site ID form electronically.

The process, in general terms, is as follows*:

Step 1 - A site representative, who works directly for the site, registers for myRCRAid using the RCRAInfo database URL in any browser. Registration Type is Industry User. The user should provide their full legal name and work email address. Accounts cannot be shared.

Step 2 - The regulating agency approves the electronic signature for the site representative.

Step 3 - Using the myRCRAid application, the site representative selects existing sites for which they have the authority to submit RCRA Subtitle C information. If a site does not already exist in the database, a request for a new site ID number is made. EPA ID numbers are assigned to a site's physical location (an EPA ID number does not transfer with the handler if the handler moves to a different site).

Step 4 - The site representative submits the site ID form electronically to the regulating agency via myRCRAid.

Step 5 - The regulating agency reviews the submission and approves or rejects the submission. If the submission is approved, the information is loaded into RCRAInfo. If the submission is rejected for deficiency, the site representative must correct the deficiency based on the comments provided by the regulating agency and re-submit the form.

* This registration process is built upon the account registration process used for EPA's Central Data Exchange (CDX). RCRAInfo Industry Application (RIA) accounts may be used within CDX and conversely CDX accounts may be used within RIA. To use an existing CDX account to login into the RCRAInfo Industry Application, simply enter your CDX credentials (User ID and Password) in the RCRAInfo sign in screen.

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Emergency (Provisional) ID Numbers

A provisional number is issued to locations that need to dispose of hazardous waste right away due to an emergency situation (a hazardous waste spill, an accident involving hazardous waste, abandoned or unprotected waste) which causes a threat to humans or the environment. The emergency ID number will be assigned immediately and is valid for 30 days.

  • To obtain an emergency ID number for hazardous waste disposal in New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, call the EPA Region 2 office at 212- 637-4106.

Before calling, you may check to see whether the site already has an existing RCRA site ID number in RCRAInfo Web or the Envirofacts Database. If one exists, that RCRA identification number is used. The following information about the emergency situation will be needed:

  • location address of the spill/accident.
  • responsible party.
  • mailing address.
  • description of incident.
  • materials involved and quantity.
  • generator status.
  • cleanup contractor.
  • transporter name and their EPA ID number.
  • treatment, storage and disposal facility (TSDF) name and their EPA ID number.

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Information for Facilities in New Jersey

Permanent ID Numbers

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection processes the RCRA site identification forms 8700-12, 8700-13 A/B, 8700-23 for sites located in New Jersey.  Contact information for the appropriate New Jersey office may be found on our state contact web page

Facilities located in New Jersey should notify their New Jersey state environmental agency of their hazardous waste activities. Contact information for the appropriate New Jersey office can be found on our state office contact information web page

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Emergency ID Numbers

To obtain an emergency ID number for hazardous waste disposal in New Jersey call the NJDEP office at 609-292-2913.  For reporting spills and emergencies in New Jersey, call the toll-free hotline at 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337) or visit the WARDNDEP website Exit.

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Additional Contact Information

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Information for Facilities in New York

Reporting Emergencies

For reporting spills and emergencies in New York State, call the toll-free hotline at 1-800-457-7362. For more important phone numbers, visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Chemical and Petroleum Spills. Exit

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Additional Contact Information

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Information for Facilities in Puerto Rico

Reporting Emergencies

For reporting spills and emergencies in Puerto Rico, call the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board (EQB) at 1-787-767-8181. When calling, ask for a specific program, such as Permits, Enforcement, Special Waste (Universal Waste), Used Oil, Medical Waste, Non-hazardous Solid Waste (i.e., Municipal Solid Waste.)

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Other Regulatory and Technical Assistance

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