News and Announcements
Advance Notice: Proposed Rule Change for the Environmental Assessment (EA) Rule
DWMRC is proposing to amend the EA rule under Utah Administrative Code (UAC) R313-24-3, which may impact uranium mills and associated stakeholders. Prior to initiating formal rulemaking procedures, DWMRC is engaging in an advance notice procedure to solicit preliminary comments. This is not a notice of formal rulemaking.
The Division hopes to initiate formal rulemaking during the summer of 2023, but informal comments are welcome and can be submitted to DWMRC at email@example.com. If you have any questions, please contact Stevie Norcross (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (385) 499-0511.
The Technical Guidance for Risk Assessments is now available
The Division developed the Technical Guide for Risk Assessments: Utah Administrative Code R315-101 (or the TGRA) to assist facilities within the State of Utah in navigating UAC R315-101 , which sets the standards for risk-based closure. TGRA outlines recommended approaches to both human health and ecological risk assessments based on current State and Federal risk assessment practices. The overarching objective of the TGRA is to allow for a consistent interpretation of the Rule when conducting risk assessments. The TGRA is focused on how to complete human health and ecological risk assessments required under UAC R315-101.
Lithium Battery Recycling Regulatory Status and Frequently Asked Questions
On May 24th, EPA sent out a memorandum to clarify how the hazardous waste regulations for universal waste and recycling apply to lithium-ion batteries.
How to Dispose of and Recycle Hand Sanitizer
Manufacturers produced large quantities of hand sanitizer during the Coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, and many organizations now have excess hand sanitizer that is reaching or has exceeded expiration dates. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer typically contains at least 60 percent alcohol by volume and is an ignitable hazardous waste when discarded. Households and many businesses and institutions are looking for the proper way to dispose of or recycle excess hand sanitizer.
Never dispose of hand sanitizer down the drain. Ignitable materials, such as alcohol-based hand sanitizer, can be very dangerous when poured down the drain. The liquid and vapors in water pipes and sewer systems can cause fires and explosions. EPA also recommends not putting it in your regular household trash or recycling bin.
- Visit EPA’s How to Dispose of and Recycle Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer page to learn more.
EPA e-Manifest Compliance Advisory
The EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance issued a compliance advisory about Data Quality Issues with Hazardous Waste Manifests Submitted to EPA’s e-Manifest System. The purpose of this advisory is to assist hazardous waste handlers in reducing data quality issues in the e-Manifest system and to support their compliance with federal regulations and Utah hazardous waste rules.
The inflation factor/multiplier for 2022, to be used when making adjustments to closure/post-closure cost estimates in 2023, is 1.070.
New Radiological Incidents & Allegations Page
The Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control (WMRC) works to protect employees and the public from radiation hazards, and we have the responsibility to respond to incidents and allegations involving radiological materials.
- Visit the Radiological Incidents & Allegations page to learn more and how to report these issues to WMRC.
Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Waste Management
In 2019, the Utah Legislature made important changes to the Solid and Hazardous Waste Act in response to a U.S. EPA requirement for state solid waste programs to have primary responsibility for management of E&P wastes. Read more and share your input …
EPA Issues Final Rule Revoking All Tolerances for the Insecticide Chlorpyrifos
In response to EPA’s August 2021 final rule revoking all tolerances for the insecticide chlorpyrifos under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), several objections, hearing requests, and requests for stay were filed by numerous parties representing a wide variety of growers and pesticide users. Effective February 28, 2022, EPA issued an Order that denies all objections to, requests for hearing on those objections, as well as requests for stay of the final rule.
For more information regarding this issue please see the press release from EPA at this link:
EPA Takes Next Step to Keep Chlorpyrifos Out of Food, Protecting Farmworkers and Children’s Health.
For information regarding the disposal of chlorpyrifos products please contact the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Pesticide Program at 801-982-2300 or visit their website.
Statewide Recycling Data Initiative
Recycling & solid waste facilities, we need your help!
By participating in our survey, you will be a part of modernizing Utah’s solid waste management and recycling data, supporting the US’s national goal of increasing the recycling rate to 50% by 2030.
- See the Statewide Recycling Data Initiative page for more information.
Division Using New Email List Management Application
In September of 2021 the Division began using a new software application for management of our various email lists. Email messages sent to those who have subscribed to the various email lists will come from the email address email@example.com. These messages may land in your SPAM folder. Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contact list to minimize the potential for these messages to be sent to your SPAM folder.
30-Day Storage Extension Request Guidance and FormHeading
In accordance with Utah Administrative Code R315- 262-16(d) for small quantity generators (SQGs) and R315-262-17(b) for large quantity generators (LQGs), a generator may request a 30-day accumulation time limit extension for hazardous waste stored on site longer than the 90-day time frame for LQGs or 180 days (or 270 days if the waste must be transported a distance of 200 miles or more) for SQGs. The Director of the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control may grant a 30-day extension to qualifying generators that may exceed their time limits due to unforeseen, temporary, and uncontrollable circumstances.
The division has created guidance and a form for requesting a 30-day extension. Although not required by rule, generators are encouraged to use the application form when requesting an extension.
New Pamphlet for Utah Schools on E-cigarette Waste Management
Utah law requires schools to confiscate and properly dispose of electronic cigarette products. Electronic cigarettes contain liquid nicotine or nicotine residue and may contain lithium batteries. Nicotine and lithium ion batteries are hazardous wastes that must be disposed of properly.
A new pamphlet is now available to provide schools with guidance on how to properly manage and dispose of electronic cigarettes.
Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control Annual Report (October 2019)
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.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
Certain counties have collection events where residents can drop off household hazardous waste.
- See the recycling information for Utah to find out if your county is having an event.
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: Alyssa Stringham (email@example.com) (801) 536-4002.
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