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Hazardous Waste Guidance

Through various regulations, policy documents and technical and administrative guidance memorandums (TAGMs) the regulated community, as well as DEC staff, are provided with the necessary guidance to ensure compliance with the statutory and regulatory requirements regarding hazardous waste. See links in left column regarding hazardous waste management regulations and additional policy documents.

Policy documents and TAGMs are developed to provide guidance and clarify program issues to facilitate compliance. They also provide assistance to DEC staff and the regulated community in interpreting and applying regulations.

Final New Commissioner Policy on Used CRTs

CP-57, "Use of Enforcement Discretion for Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Glass," was issued by DEC Commissioner Martens on August 7, 2013 and is effective on September 20, 2013. This new Commissioner Policy allows regulated parties to store used, broken Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) and CRT glass removed from CRTs prior to legitimate recycling in compliance with federal regulations, while DEC completes the promulgation of those requirements into State regulations. This discretion provides a protective but streamlined approach to managing these materials and thereby significantly encourages the recycling of this glass.

Recently Rescinded Guidance

Note: the DEC Guidance document DSHM-HW-05-15, "Quality Assurance Project Plans," was rescinded on April 4, 2012 because it is outdated; and the current Quality Assurance guidance for hazardous waste facilities governed under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Subtitle C (RCRA-C) can be found in Chapter 2 of DEC's Program Policy, DER-10 Technical Guidance for Site Investigation and Remediation. Also, DEC recently revised its Quality Management Plan to address quality assurance issues for facilities regulated under RCRA-C. This revised plan was approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency on March 12, 2012.

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