The Hazardous Waste Program conducts compliance evaluation inspections at
facilities that generate, treat, store, transport, dispose and/or
recycle hazardous wastes. The inspection reviews waste management practices and
associated documentation. The documentation includes manifests, contractual
agreements, contingency plans, waste analysis
results, biennial reports and training records. To review waste management practices, a facility
tour is conducted.
This consists of visually inspecting the areas where wastes are
generated and managed.
After the inspection,
the inspector will conduct an exit interview. During the
interview, the inspector will note the observations made during
the inspection of apparent non-compliance
and may give recommendations regarding those items.
A Notice Of Inspection form is completed. A facility representative is asked to
sign the form as acknowledgement of receipt of a copy of this form.
The Division's policy is to complete the
inspection report within 45 days after the inspection. A copy of
the report is sent to the facility. Any violations of the
Hazardous Waste Management Rules are noted in the report.
A time is specified for
correcting the deficiencies (usually within 20 days).
Facilities are required to correct the violations and submit
documentation of how the violations are to be corrected.
A history of non-compliance may lead to escalated
enforcement actions being taken. Under the Hazardous Waste
Management Rules, fines of up to $25,000 per day per violation
may be assessed against the violator.
The Hazardous Waste Program uses a checklist to
complete inspections. Facilities may also use this checklist to
perform self audits of their waste management activities.
Quantity Generator And Treatment, Storage And Disposal Facility Inspection Checklist
Quantity and Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator
Hazardous Waste Regions