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Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Final Rule

Sponsored by: Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

Archived: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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EPA recently overhauled the hazardous waste generator regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to improve compliance and thereby enhance protection of human health and the environment. These changes are both a result of EPA's experience in implementing and evaluating the hazardous waste generator program over the last 30 years, as well as a response to concerns and issues identified by the states and regulated community. This webinar will delve into the recent changes and describe in detail:

  • Which components of the hazardous waste generator regulatory program were revised;
  • Which gaps in the regulations were addressed in this rule;
  • The greater flexibility provided by this rule for hazardous waste generators to manage their hazardous waste in a cost-effective and protective manner;
  • How the hazardous waste generator regulations were reorganized to make them more user-friendly and thus improve their usability by the regulated community; and
  • What technical corrections and conforming changes were made to address inadvertent errors, remove obsolete references to programs that no longer exist, and improve the readability of the regulations.

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Kathy LettKathy Lett, U.S. EPA, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (
Kathy has been at EPA for 17 years, working primarily on hazardous waste recycling and generator issues, as well as some on energy conservation and waste water management. Recently Kathy has worked on the Definition of Solid Waste rulemakings and the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements rule. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.

Jim O'LearyJim O'Leary, U.S. EPA, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (
Jim O'Leary has been around a long time! Jim began his career as an operations research analyst with Grumman Aerospace Corporation in 1965. In 1970, he moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked for several management consulting organizations as an operations research analyst. Since 1980, he has been with the U.S. EPA in Washington holding various management and non-supervisory positions, primarily with the Office of Solid Waste (now the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery). Currently, he is a senior program analyst with the Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division where he develops rules and policies related to hazardous waste generation, waste determinations and recycling. Jim holds a B.A. degree from Queens College in New York City, and has completed graduate studies in public administration and economics from American University and Virginia Polytechnical Institute.

MaryBeth SheridanMaryBeth Sheridan, U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (
MaryBeth Sheridan graduated from St. Lawrence University with a double major in environmental studies and biology and have a Master's degree in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver. MaryBeth has worked as an Environmental Protection Specialist for U.S. EPA's Office of Resource Conservation and Recycling since 1997, primarily on hazardous waste recycling and generation. Before coming to EPA, she worked as an environmental consultant, a technical writer for the Hazardous Waste Consultant, and an information specialist for EPA's RCRA/Superfund Hotline.


Jean M BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (
Ms Balent is on the staff of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division where she has worked to collect and disseminate hazardous waste remediation and characterization information since 2003. Ms Balent manages the Clean Up Information Network website and actively supports online communication and collaboration resources available to EPA. She formerly worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Engineering Division in the Buffalo District. Ms Balent was also a member of the SUNY-Buffalo Groundwater Research Group where she constructed and tested large scale models of groundwater flow. Ms Balent has also conducted research relating to the Great Lakes, environmental remediation, and brownfields re-development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master's degree in Information Technology from AIU.

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