News and Announcements

Pharmaceutical Rule Adopted by Utah – Effective Date September 14, 2020

The Waste Management and Radiation Control Board voted at the monthly Board meeting on September 10, 2020 to adopt changes to R315-261, 262, 264, 265, 266, 268, 270, and 273 of the Utah Administrative Code to incorporate changes promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and published in the Federal Register on February 22, 2019 (84 FR 5816), commonly called the Pharmaceutical Rule. The final rule creates a tailored, sector-specific regulatory framework for managing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals at healthcare facilities that generate, accumulate, or otherwise handle hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and reverse distributors engaged in the management of prescription hazardous waste pharmaceuticals.

A document has been created that shows the changes made to the various sections of the Utah Administrative Code to assist those facilities affected by the rule changes. Download the document (573 KB).

If you have questions regarding the rule and its implementation, please contact Deborah Ng at (801) 536-0218.

New Email Address for Submission of Electronic Documents

The Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control announces a new email address to be used by regulated companies and individuals for submitting documents to the Division in electronic form:

If you are a regulated company or individual and would like to submit documents via email, please use this address.

This email address should not be used by RAM licensees for submission of any document for any reason. See below for reciprocity requests. If you have questions, please call Phil Goble at (801) 536-4044.

This email address should not be used for documents that are required to have a wet signature such as financial assurance documents or for submission of documents that contain proprietary or confidential information.

Public comments will continue to be submitted using the email address: dwmrcpublic@utah.gov.

Reciprocity requests for RAM and X-ray should be submitted to: DWMRCReciprocity@utah.gov

Please direct questions regarding these email addresses to Tom Ball via email or phone (801) 536-0251.

Hazardous Waste Generator Training–Canceled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Utah Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control has canceled the Hazardous Waste Generator Training that was scheduled for May this year.

Utah Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control Regulatory Guidance During COVID-19 Pandemic

(4/1/2020)–The Director of the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control has issued a memo providing regulatory guidance to facilities regulated by the Division. To read the full memo click here.

Inflation Factor

The inflation factor/multiplier for 2019, to be used when making adjustments to closure/post-closure cost estimates in 2020, is 1.018

Biennial Hazardous Waste Report

All large quantity hazardous waste generators and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities in the State are required to submit a hazardous waste generation and management report to the Division every even year by March 1.

Updated Guide for Managing Hazardous Waste

(10/17/2019) – The U.S. EPA has updated the guidebook entitled “Managing Hazardous Waste: A Guide for Small Businesses.”

The Guide provides an overview of the federal hazardous waste regulations to give business owners and operators a basic understanding of their hazardous waste management responsibilities. It answers questions like “Do hazardous waste regulations apply to me?” “How do I know which generator category I am?” and “What kinds of requirements do I have to follow?” The Guide will help businesses get on the road to proper hazardous waste management, a critical step in protecting human health and the environment. Although the Guide is targeted to small businesses, the information in the Guide may be helpful to any business managing hazardous waste.

The Guide has been updated to reflect the changes to the regulations for hazardous waste generators since the previous version of the publication, including the 2016 Generator Improvements Rule, wastes added to the universal waste program, Subpart K for academic laboratories, the Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule, and electronic reporting/e-Manifest.

Find and share the guidebook, Managing your Hazardous Waste: A Guide for Small Businesses.

Episodic Generator Fact Sheet

(2/5/19)–The alternative standards for episodic waste generation regulations are found in R315-262-232 of the Utah Admin. Code. These regulations allow a very small or small quantity generator to have one planned or unplanned event each calendar year without increasing their generator category as long as they meet the standards. Information regarding notification and management of episodic waste are outlined in our fact sheet (715 KB).

Environmental Covenant Template

A template is now available for those needing to prepare an environmental covenant acceptable to the Director of the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control. The template can be accessed by opening the Forms menu in the WMRC Links menu on the left. Click on General in the Forms menu and you will be taken to the list of General Forms. Clicking on Template for Environmental Covenant will open a Word format document that you can use as the template for your environmental covenant.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Certain counties have collection events where residents can drop off household hazardous waste.

Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA)

The Department of Environmental Quality places a high priority on assisting the public when requesting to view our public files. The Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) requires that we respond to a request within ten working days of its receipt. DWMRC GRAMA Clerk: Alma Rosas (801) 536-0252.

Ty L. Howard, Director

Ty L. Howard, Director

P.O. Box 144880
Salt Lake City, UT
84114-4880

Phone: (801) 536-0200
Fax: (801) 536-0222 Contacts: DWMRC

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