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Remedial Applications: Permitted Transport, Storage, and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs)

Overview

When the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) passed, Congress saw the risks posed by large volumes of hazardous waste at treatment, storage and disposal facilities (TSDFs). Considering the dangers, Congress knew that TSDF management needed to be carefully planned and monitored to avoid spills, accidents and mechanical disasters. The provisions put into place stated that it is mandatory for TSDFs to gain authorization, which establishes the administrative and technical circumstances under which waste at the facility must be handled.


Transportation

Because hazardous waste transporters move regulated waste on public roads, highways, rails, and waterways, the EPA and the U.S. DOT developed specific regulations for transporters under RCRA:
  • Complying with the EPA’s hazardous waste manifest system
  • Properly handling hazardous waste discharges
  • Obeying all applicable DOT hazardous materials regulations


Transfer & Storage Facilities


Transporters accepting hazardous waste from a generator or another transporter may need to hold waste temporarily during the normal course of transportation. A transfer facility is defined as any transportation-related facility, such as loading docks, parking areas, storage areas, and other similar areas where shipments are temporarily held. A hazardous waste transporter may hold waste without a storage permit in containers at a transfer facility for 10 days or less as long as the waste is manifested and kept in U.S. DOT specification containers. Storage in stationary containers is prohibited unless the transfer facility has a RCRA permit or interim status. If a transporter stores waste in containers at a transfer facility for more than 10 days, the transfer facility becomes a storage facility subject to all applicable requirements for TSDFs.


Land Disposal


Uncontrolled land disposal of hazardous waste is threatening to human health and the environment. The LDR Program (Land Disposal Restrictions) ensures that waste is properly treated prior to disposal. This makes hazardous waste less harmful to ground water by reducing the potential for leaching of hazardous constituents and by reducing waste toxicity by destroying or removing harmful constituents.

The foundation of the LDR program consists of three prohibitions:
  1. Disposal
  2. Dilution
  3. Storage


The Corrective Action Process

Corrective action is a requirement under the RCRA that monitors and corrects the threat from the transport, storage, or disposal of hazardous waste material. TSDFs can pose a serious risk for soil, ground water, surface water, and even breathable air.

The RCRA corrective action cleanup process focuses on results rather than specific steps, and is flexible, depending on site-specific conditions. A typical cleanup may include steps such as:
  • Initial site assessment
  • Site characterization
  • Interim actions
  • Evaluation of remedial alternatives
  • Implementation of the selected remedy




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