Community Right-to-know & Hazardous Waste Reporting March Deadline Approaching
March is typically the time of the year that many look forward to: when the snow starts to melt and the temperature starts to rise. In the environmental world of regulation, it is also the time of year that certain reporting requirements are due. Two of them include the annual Community Right-to-Know (CRTK) Survey and the Biennial Hazardous Waste Report (HWR).
The annual deadline for CRTK Surveys to be submitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and other local agencies is March 1, 2018. If other certain criteria are met, facilities must report hazardous substances they possess at their property that exceed established thresholds. Although CRTK Surveys haven’t experienced much change over the years, the recent implementation of the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals has changed hazard categories; and therefore, modifications to reports may be necessary.
March 1st is also the reporting deadline for the HWR. This report is also submitted to the NJDEP, and is due on even number years for the previous odd numbered year. With the adoption of the new Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule in 2016, it could allow a generator to reduce their status from Large Quantity Generator (LQG) to Small Quantity Generator (SQG), and ultimately reduce their regulatory reporting burden.
Considering some recent regulatory changes have occurred with regards to both the CRTK Survey and HWR, now is a good time to review what is stored at and disposed of from your facility. For assistance with completion for either of these reports, contact Craig Gorczyca, CHMM at Craig.Gorczyca@ewma.com or 973-560-1400 ext. 145.