Washington, D.C., December 27, 2011 - The U.S. EPA commonly cites inadequate training as a major factor contributing to hazardous waste violations and penalties, and 2011 was no exception. In the southeast region alone this year, the EPA levied $23 million in penalties, and the Agency has made strengthening enforcement efforts a priority for 2012-meaning more frequent inspections and tougher penalties could be on the horizon. Training is required annually for hazardous waste facility personnel according to 40 CFR 265.16, and penalties for noncompliance are now as high as $37,500 per day, per violation.
To help industry ensure compliance with RCRA hazardous waste regulations, Lion Technology Inc. presents its two-day Hazardous Waste Management Certification Workshop in the area in January and February. This workshop is designed to satisfy the EPA’s annual training mandate for hazardous waste personnel at both large and small quantity generators and includes management training on the storage and handling of universal wastes. Key topics include waste identification, the latest recycling rules and exclusions, accumulation and storage of hazardous waste, and completing the hazardous waste manifest. A complete schedule of workshops nationwide is available: www.Lion.com/RCRARules
The workshop will be offered first in Orlando on January 9-10, followed by sessions in Mobile on January 12-13, Memphis on January 19-20, Nashville on January 23-24, Atlanta on January 26-27, Charlotte on January 30-31, and Richmond on February 2-3. Group pricing is available. Registration includes course reference materials, networking luncheon, Certificate of Achievement, and one year of follow-up support. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and the workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the first day and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the second day. Pre-registration is highly recommended. To register, call (888) 546-5611 or visit us online here.
Lion Technology Vice President of Resources and Business Development Scott Dunsmore, a national expert on hazardous waste management, stresses the importance of proper hazardous waste handling, management, and disposal, especially in light of rising enforcement, with fines now as high as $37,500 per day/per violation: “With a slow economy and budgets tightening, the reflex is to go towards shorter and inexpensive training options. However, with enforcement initiatives increasing, shortchanging your training puts you at risk of paying higher costs in the long run.”