5. Federal Role
Hazardous Waste Management
· RCRA Subtitle C Program
- Provide compliance assistance to regulated entities subject to new federal regulations.
- Provide compliance assistance to qualifying small businesses in priority sectors (i.e.,
industrial organic chemicals and metal services).
- Provide assistance to Illinois EPA, if requested by Illinois EPA’s BOL and/or Illinois’
Small Business Program for Illinois EPA delivery of compliance assistance in
accordance with USEPA’s “Policy on Compliance Incentives for Small Business,”
issued May 20, 1996, effective June 10, 1996, for RCRA authority regulations.
- Coordinate compliance monitoring and enforcement efforts developed through the
Greater Chicago Senior Managers Enforcement Committee.
- Discuss with, and/or explain to Illinois EPA: (a) new or revised federal RCRA rules,
(b) new or revised Strategic Plans affecting HW, (c) USEPA’s Hazardous Waste
Civil Enforcement Response Policy, (d) USEPA’s RCRA Civil Penalty Policy, (e)
USEPA’s computerized programs to determine financial status of RCRA-regulated
entities, (f) USEPA’s sector-, waste-, or rule-specific enforcement strategies, (g)
RCRAInfo and other U.S. data management developments.
- Provide assistance to Illinois EPA in conducting financial analyses of violators’ claim
of inability to pay for injunctive relief and/or monetary penalties in formal
enforcement actions brought by the State of Illinois.
- Inspect installations handling hazardous waste: Criteria for USEPA’s selection of
installations include (a) statutory mandate (i.e., installations managing hazardous
waste in a manner for which RCRA requires a permit, which are owned and/or
operated by State and/or local governments; and treatment, storage, and disposal
facilities receiving CERCLA waste from off-site locations), (b) requests from Illinois
EPA, (c) Federal facilities, (d) installations subject to open Federal enforcement
judicial and/or administrative decrees/orders, (e) treatment, storage, and disposal
facilities subject to RCRA permit conditions issued, administered, and enforced by
USEPA, and (f) installations handling waste in USEPA’s national and/or Regional
priority sectors, such as metal services (electroplating and coating).
- Investigate and, if necessary, inspect installations handling certain commercial and/or
industrial wastes in manners that illegally evade RCRA requirements for permits.
Such operations include (a) waste-derived fertilizers, (b) metal foundries, (c) waste
recycling, and (d) impermissible diluters of hazardous waste prohibited from land
- Inspect small quantity generators for the organic chemical sector as part of the
National Performance Measure Strategy for non-compliance rates.
- Issue enforcement responses to RCRA violations detected by USEPA, or referred to
USEPA by Illinois EPA, in accordance with USEPA’s Hazardous Waste Civil
Enforcement Response Policy, USEPA’s RCRA Civil Penalty Policy, and relevant
USEPA enforcement strategies.
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