(1) Purpose and applicability.
(a) This section describes the procedures for determining whether or not a solid waste is DW or EHW.
(b) The procedures in this section are applicable to any person who generates a solid waste (including recyclable materials) that is not exempted or excluded by this chapter or by the department. Any person who must determine whether or not their solid waste is designated must follow the procedures set forth in subsection (3) of this section. Any person who determines by these procedures that their waste is designated DW or EHW is subject to all applicable requirements of this chapter.
(c) The requirements for the small quantity generator exemption are found in subsection (8) of this section.
(2)(a) Except as provided at WAC 173-303-070
(2)(c), once a material has been determined to be a dangerous waste, then any solid waste generated from the recycling, treatment, storage, or disposal of that dangerous waste is a dangerous waste unless and until:
(i) The generator has been able to accurately describe the variability or uniformity of the waste over time, and has been able to obtain demonstration samples which are representative of the waste's variability or uniformity; and
(ii)(A) It does not exhibit any of the characteristics of WAC 173-303-090
; however, wastes that exhibit a characteristic at the point of generation may still be subject to the requirements of WAC 173-303-140
(2)(a), even if they no longer exhibit a characteristic at the point of land disposal; and
(B) If it was a listed waste under WAC 173-303-080
, it also has been exempted pursuant to WAC 173-303-910
(iii) If originally designated only through WAC 173-303-100
, it does not meet any of the criteria of WAC 173-303-100
Such solid waste will include but not be limited to any sludge, spill residue, ash emission control dust, leachate, or precipitation runoff. Precipitation runoff will not be considered a dangerous waste if it can be shown that the runoff has not been contaminated with the dangerous waste, or that the runoff is adequately addressed under existing state laws (e.g. chapter 90.48
RCW), or that the runoff does not exhibit any of the criteria or characteristics described in WAC 173-303-100
(b) Materials that are reclaimed from solid wastes and that are used beneficially (as provided in WAC 173-303-016
) are not solid wastes and hence are not dangerous wastes under this section unless the reclaimed material is burned for energy recovery or used in a manner constituting disposal.
(c)(i) A dangerous waste that is listed in WAC 173-303-081
(1) or 173-303-082(1) solely because it exhibits one or more characteristics of ignitability as defined under WAC 173-303-090
(5), corrosivity as defined under WAC 173-303-090
(6), or reactivity as defined under WAC 173-303-090
(7) is not a dangerous waste, if the waste no longer exhibits any characteristic of dangerous waste identified in WAC 173-303-090
or any criteria identified in WAC 173-303-100
(ii) The exclusion described in (c)(i) of this subsection also pertains to:
(A) Any solid waste generated from treating, storing, or disposing of a dangerous waste listed in WAC 173-303-081
(1) or 173-303-082(1) solely because it exhibits the characteristics of ignitability, corrosivity, or reactivity as regulated under (a) and (b) of this section.
(B) Wastes excluded under this section are subject to 40 C.F.R. Part 268, which is incorporated by reference at WAC 173-303-140
(2)(a) (as applicable), even if they no longer exhibit a characteristic at the point of land disposal.
(3) Designation procedures.
(a) To determine whether or not a solid waste is designated as a dangerous waste a person must:
(i) First, determine if the waste is a listed discarded chemical product, WAC 173-303-081
(ii) Second, determine if the waste is a listed dangerous waste source, WAC 173-303-082
(iii) Third, if the waste is not listed in WAC 173-303-081
, or for the purposes of compliance with the federal land disposal restrictions as adopted by reference in WAC 173-303-140
, determine if the waste exhibits any dangerous waste characteristics, WAC 173-303-090
(iv) Fourth, if the waste is not listed in WAC 173-303-081
, and does not exhibit a characteristic in WAC 173-303-090
, determine if the waste meets any dangerous waste criteria, WAC 173-303-100
(b) A person must check each section, in the order set forth, until they determine whether the waste is designated as a dangerous waste. Once the waste is determined to be a dangerous waste, further designation is not required except as required by subsection (4) or (5) of this section. If a person has checked the waste against each section and the waste is not designated, then the waste is not subject to the requirements of chapter 173-303
Any person who wishes to seek an exemption for a waste which has been designated DW or EHW must comply with the requirements of WAC 173-303-072
(c) For the purpose of determining if a solid waste is a dangerous waste as identified in WAC 173-303-080
, a person must either:
(i) Test the waste according to the methods, or an approved equivalent method, set forth in WAC 173-303-110
(ii) Apply knowledge of the waste in light of the materials or the process used, when:
(A) Such knowledge can be demonstrated to be sufficient for determining whether or not it designated and/or designated properly; and
(B) All data and records supporting this determination in accordance with WAC 173-303-210
(3) are retained on-site.
(4) Testing required. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, the department may require any person to test a waste according to the methods, or an approved equivalent method, set forth in WAC 173-303-110
to determine whether or not the waste is designated under the dangerous waste lists, characteristics, or criteria, WAC 173-303-080
. Such testing may be required if the department has reason to believe that the waste would be designated DW or EHW by the dangerous waste lists, characteristics, or criteria, or if the department has reason to believe that the waste is designated improperly (e.g., the waste has been designated DW but should actually be designated EHW). If a person, pursuant to the requirements of this subsection, determines that the waste is a dangerous waste or that its designation must be changed, then they are subject to the applicable requirements of this chapter 173-303
WAC. The department will base a requirement to test a waste on evidence that includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Test information indicating that the person's waste may be DW or EHW;
(b) Evidence that the person's waste is very similar to another persons' already designated DW or EHW;
(c) Evidence that the persons' waste has historically been a DW or EHW;
(d) Evidence or information about a person's manufacturing materials or processes which indicate that the wastes may be DW or EHW; or
(e) Evidence that the knowledge or test results a person has regarding a waste is not sufficient for determining whether or not it designated and/or designated properly.
(5) Additional designation required. A generator must manage dangerous waste under the most stringent management standards that apply. The following subsections describe how waste that has been designated as DW under the dangerous waste lists, WAC 173-303-080
, or characteristics, WAC 173-303-090
, or in the case of (c) of this subsection, under the lists, characteristics, or criteria, must be further designated under the dangerous waste criteria, WAC 173-303-100
. This further designation under the criteria is necessary because it may change how the waste must be managed. Additional designation is required when:
(a) The waste is designated as DW with a QEL of 220 pounds and the generator otherwise qualifies as a small quantity generator. In this case, a generator must determine if their DW is also designated as a toxic EHW, WAC 173-303-100
, with a QEL of 2.2 pounds; or
(b) The waste is designated as DW and the waste is to be discharged to a POTW operating under WAC 173-303-802
(4) (Permits by rule). In this case, a generator must determine if the waste is also an EHW under WAC 173-303-100
(c) The waste is designated as a state-only DW and the waste is to be:
(i) Burned for energy recovery, as used oil, under the provisions of WAC 173-303-515
(ii) Land disposed within the state. In this case, a generator must determine if the waste is also an EHW under WAC 173-303-100
(6) Dangerous waste numbers. When a person is reporting or keeping records on a dangerous waste, they must use all the dangerous waste numbers which they know are assignable to the waste from the dangerous waste lists, characteristics, or criteria. For example, if the waste is ignitable and
contains more than 5 mg/l leachable lead when tested for the toxicity characteristic, they must use the dangerous waste numbers of D001 and D008. This will not be construed as requiring a person to designate their waste beyond those designation requirements set forth in subsections (2), (3), (4), and (5) of this section.
(7) Quantity exclusion limits; aggregated waste quantities.
(a) Quantity exclusion limits. In each of the designation sections describing the lists, characteristics, and criteria, quantity exclusion limits (QEL) are identified. The QEL are used to distinguish when a dangerous waste is only subject to the small quantity generator provisions, and when a dangerous waste is subject to the full requirements of this chapter. Any solid waste which is not excluded or exempted and which is listed by or exhibits the characteristics or meets the criteria of this chapter is a dangerous waste. Small quantity generators who produce dangerous waste below the QEL are subject to the requirements described in subsection (8) of this section.
(b) Aggregated waste quantities. A person may be generating, accumulating, or storing more than one kind of dangerous waste. In such cases, they must consider the aggregate quantity of their wastes when determining whether or not their waste amounts exceed the specific limits for waste accumulation or the specific quantity exclusion limits (QEL) for waste generation. Waste quantities must be aggregated for all wastes with common QEL's. Example: If a person generates 100 pounds of an ignitable waste and 130 pounds of a persistent waste, then both wastes are regulated because their aggregate waste quantity (230 pounds) exceeds their common QEL of 220 pounds. On the other hand, if a person generates one pound of a toxic EHW and 218 pounds of a corrosive waste, their quantities would not be aggregated because they do not share a common QEL (2.2 pounds and 220 pounds, respective QEL's). (Note: In order to remain a small quantity generator, the total quantity of dangerous waste generated in one month, all DW and EHW regardless of their QELs, must not equal or exceed 220 pounds. Not more than 2.2 pounds of a waste with a 2.2 pound QEL may be part of that total.)
(c) When making the quantity determinations of this subsection and WAC 173-303-170
, generators must include all dangerous wastes they generate, except dangerous waste that:
(i) Is exempt from regulation under WAC 173-303-071
(ii) Is recycled under WAC 173-303-120
(2)(a), (3)(c), (e), (h) or (5); or
(iii) Is managed in accordance with WAC 173-303-802
(5) immediately upon generation only in on-site elementary neutralization units, wastewater treatment units, or totally enclosed treatment facilities as defined in WAC 173-303-040
(iv) Is recycled, without prior storage or accumulation, only in an on-site process subject to regulation under WAC 173-303-120
(v) Is spent lead-acid batteries managed under the requirements of WAC 173-303-120
(3)(f) and 173-303-520; or
(vi) Is universal waste managed under WAC 173-303-077
(d) In determining the quantity of dangerous waste generated, a generator need not include:
(i) Dangerous waste when it is removed from on-site storage; or
(ii) Reserve; or
(iii) Spent materials that are generated, reclaimed, and subsequently reused on-site, as long as such spent materials have been counted once (Note: If after treatment or reclamation a residue is generated with a different waste code(s), that residue must be counted); or
(iv) The container holding/containing the dangerous waste as described under WAC 173-303-160
(8) Small quantity generators.
(a) A person is a small quantity generator and subject to the requirements of this subsection if:
(i) Their waste is dangerous waste under subsection (3) of this section, and the quantity of waste generated per month (or the aggregated quantity if more than one kind of waste is generated) does not equal or exceed the quantity exclusion limit (QEL) for such waste (or wastes) as described in WAC 173-303-070
(ii) The quantity accumulated or stored does not exceed 2200 pounds for wastes with a 220 pound QEL and 2.2 pounds for waste with a 2.2 pound QEL. (Exception: The accumulation limit for the acute hazardous wastes described in WAC 173-303-081
(2)(iv) and 173-303-082 (2)(b) is 220 lbs); and
(iii) The total quantity of dangerous waste generated in one month, all DW and EHW regardless of their QELs, does not equal or exceed 220 pounds. If a person generates any dangerous wastes that exceed the QEL or accumulates or stores waste that exceeds the accumulation limits, then all dangerous waste generated, accumulated, or stored by that person is subject to the requirements of this chapter. A small quantity generator who generates in excess of the quantity exclusion limits or, accumulates, or stores waste in excess of the accumulation limits becomes subject to the full requirements of this chapter and cannot again be a small quantity generator until after all dangerous waste on-site at the time he or she became fully regulated have been removed, treated, or disposed.
Example. If a person generates four pounds of an acute hazardous waste discarded chemical product (QEL is 2.2 pounds) and 200 pounds of an ignitable waste (QEL is 220 pounds), then both wastes are fully regulated, and the person is not a small quantity generator for either waste.
(Comment: If a generator generates acute hazardous waste in a calendar month in quantities greater than the QELs, all quantities of that acute hazardous waste are subject to full regulation under this chapter. "Full regulation" means the regulations applicable to generators of greater than 2200 pounds of dangerous wastes in a calendar month.)
(b) Small quantity generators will not be subject to the requirements of this chapter if they:
(i) Designate their waste in accordance with WAC 173-303-070
(ii) Manage their waste in a way that does not pose a potential threat to human health or the environment; and
(iii) Either treat or dispose of their dangerous waste in an on-site facility, or ensure delivery to an off-site facility, either of which, if located in the United States, is:
(A) Permitted (including permit-by-rule, interim status, or final status) under WAC 173-303-800
(B) Authorized to manage dangerous waste by another state with a hazardous waste program approved under 40 C.F.R. Part 271, or by EPA under 40 C.F.R. Part 270;
(C) Permitted to manage moderate-risk waste under chapter 173-350
WAC (Solid waste handling standards), operated in accordance with state and local regulations, and consistent with the applicable local hazardous waste plan that has been approved by the department;
(D) A facility that beneficially uses or reuses, or legitimately recycles or reclaims the dangerous waste, or that treats the waste prior to such recycling activities;
(E) Permitted, licensed, or registered to manage municipal solid waste and, if managed in a municipal solid waste landfill is subject to 40 C.F.R. Part 258 or chapter 173-351
(F) Permitted, licensed, or registered by a state to manage nonmunicipal nonhazardous waste and, if managed in a nonmunicipal nonhazardous waste disposal unit after January 1, 1998, is subject to the requirements in 40 C.F.R. 257.5 through 257.30;
(G) A publicly owned treatment works (POTW): Provided, That small quantity generator(s) comply with the provisions of the domestic sewage exclusion found in WAC 173-303-071
(H) For universal waste managed under WAC 173-303-573
, a universal waste handler or destination facility subject to the requirements of WAC 173-303-573
(iv) Submit an annual report in accordance with WAC 173-303-220
if they have obtained an EPA/state identification number pursuant to WAC 173-303-060
(c) If a small quantity generator's wastes are mixed with used oil, the mixture is subject to WAC 173-303-510
if it is destined to be burned for energy recovery. Any material produced from such a mixture by processing, blending, or other treatment is also so regulated if it is destined to be burned for energy recovery.
(d) If a small quantity generator's used oil is to be recycled by being burned for energy recovery or re-refined, the used oil is subject to WAC 173-303-515
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 70.105 and 70.105D RCW. 09-14-105 (Order 07-12), § 173-303-070, filed 6/30/09, effective 7/31/09. Statutory Authority: Chapters 70.105, 70.105D, and 15.54 RCW and RCW 70.105.007. 04-24-065 (Order 03-10), § 173-303-070, filed 11/30/04, effective 1/1/05. Statutory Authority: Chapters 70.105 and 70.105D RCW. 03-07-049 (Order 02-03), § 173-303-070, filed 3/13/03, effective 4/13/03. Statutory Authority: Chapters 70.105, 70.105D, 15.54 RCW and RCW 70.105.007. 00-11-040 (Order 99-01), § 173-303-070, filed 5/10/00, effective 6/10/00. Statutory Authority: Chapters 70.105 and 70.105D RCW. 98-03-018 (Order 97-03), § 173-303-070, filed 1/12/98, effective 2/12/98; 95-22-008 (Order 94-30), § 173-303-070, filed 10/19/95, effective 11/19/95; 94-01-060 (Order 92-33), § 173-303-070, filed 12/8/93, effective 1/8/94. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.105 RCW. 93-02-050 (Order 92-32), § 173-303-070, filed 1/5/93, effective 2/5/93. Statutory Authority: Chapters 70.105 and 70.105D RCW, 40 C.F.R. Part 271.3 and RCRA § 3006 (42 U.S.C. 3251). 91-07-005 (Order 90-42), § 173-303-070, filed 3/7/91, effective 4/7/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.105 RCW. 89-02-059 (Order 88-24), § 173-303-070, filed 1/4/89; 87-14-029 (Order DE-87-4), § 173-303-070, filed 6/26/87; 86-12-057 (Order DE-85-10), § 173-303-070, filed 6/3/86; 84-14-031 (Order DE 84-22), § 173-303-070, filed 6/27/84. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.105 RCW and RCW 70.95.260. 82-05-023 (Order DE 81-33), § 173-303-070, filed 2/10/82.]