Changes to MPCA Hazardous Waste Requirements

As of April 30, 2016, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has reduced the paperwork requirements for most hazardous waste generators. Hazardous waste generators of any size in most of Minnesota (except those located in Anoka and Scott Counties) are no longer required to send copies of any hazardous waste manifests to the MPCA or the respective county government of the generator, unless explicitly requested. Don’t throw those manifests out, though – you will still need to retain the manifest copies in your files.

What is a hazardous waste manifest?

A hazardous waste manifest is a multi-copy shipping paper that accompanies most shipments of hazardous waste. This manifest tracks shipments of hazardous waste from their original site to a recycling or disposal facility. Manifests help reduce liability by documenting proper waste management. These manifests can also be useful for calculating your annual hazardous waste generation and tracking waste reduction efforts.

All generators in Anoka and Scott Counties are still required to send a copy of the Designated Facility to Generator Copy (3-signature copy) to the county environmental services representative within 40 days of the designated facility’s receipt of the waste. Looking forward, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) is developing a nationwide system for electronic manifests. When that system launches, the U.S. EPA will require generators to submit copies of all paper manifests for processing. A definite date for launch of the U.S. EPA’s system hasn’t been announced yet, but the MPCA will notify generators once an official date has been determined.

At Braun Intertec our staff of scientists and Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMM) can quickly and efficiently assist with waste characterization and handling methods in order to make informed and regulatory compliant decisions regarding your waste stream. For more information about hazardous waste requirements, contact Jennifer Wolff, or click here to read about this new change.

Jennifer Wolff Senior Environmental Scientist

P: 952.995.2454