Why Should You Attend:
California has unique hazardous waste regulations that include, but substantially exceed requirements of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations generally in effect in other states. It is also hard to navigate California’s hazardous waste requirements because of the dramatic differences in substantive requirements, enforced by pervasive local city and county agencies deputized as Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs) and result in surprising violations and onerous penalties.
These national and international corporations did not know they were doing anything wrong because, under RCRA, most of these offenses would not be violations, and rarely are the relatively modest offenses so harshly enforced. However, due to widely-varying resources and competence, there are large gaps in compliance assurance, which inevitably leads to intervention by the state DTSC or even U.S. EPA Region 9, usually resulting in substantial penalties.
Attend the webinar to understand the differences between federal and most other states hazardous waste management requirements and California’s rules to avoiding such harsh consequences by internalizing compliance assurance.
Areas Covered in the Webinar:
The webinar will include various tables that summarize differences between California and federal penalties and standards, as well as links to regulations/standards and sources of information.
Who Will Benefit:
James T. Dufour, MS, JD, CIH is an attorney with a background in environmental management and industrial hygiene and workplace safety with more than 3 decades of experience, including private law practice since 1987 effectively representing clients in federal, California, and other state OSHA appeals and administrative, civil and criminal environmental cases. Recognized as a proficient strategist, his preventive and post-enforcement cost-effective compliance/clean-up plans have been highly regarded by clients, regulators, and judges. (www.dufourlegal.com)
He also has devised corporate regulatory compliance programs in response to new standards and regulations for corporations and trade association membership, including compliance manuals on OSHA and environmental compliance topics published by the California Chamber of Commerce and other trade groups, including the best selling Injury & Illness Prevention Program Compliance Manual (first edition – 54,000 copies), Cal/OSHA Basics and Written Programs, OSHA Compliance in 10 Practical Steps, Proposition 65, and the California Environmental Compliance and Hazardous Waste Handbooks.
James also has instructed thousands of participants in seminars and webinars sponsored by Dufour Seminars & Training, corporate and association clients, and webinar producers since 1986.
Topic Back ground:
The California Hazardous waste Control Law (HWCL) [California Health and Safety Code §§ 25100, et seq.] was enacted in 1972, fully four years prior to enactment of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in 1976. This simple piece of background information explains the reason for many of the differences between California and federal hazardous waste requirements; for example:
These examples of the fundamental differences between RCRA and California hazardous waste law are only the tip of the iceberg compared to regulatory differences. More examples based on state regulations:
The universe of hazard waste is more expensive including used oil, solid corrosives, broader toxicity characteristic, and any hazardous waste that is federally exempt or excluded is a California-only hazardous waste, or subject to additional conditions.
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