NASF Report: Feb. 2017

EPA finalizes Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements rule and NASF calls for Sur/Fin industry award nominations.
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EPA Finalizes Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule

On November 28, 2016, the U.S. EPA published in the Federal Register the final Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, amending the requirements that govern hazardous waste generators under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). 

While EPA claims the regulation was needed to improve clarity and flexibility of hazardous waste generator requirements, NASF argues the rule will add regulatory burdens including new recordkeeping, labeling and notification requirements, with minimal health and environmental benefits.
According to EPA, “The rule finalizes a much-needed update to the hazardous waste generator regulations to make the rules easier to understand, facilitate better compliance, provide greater flexibility in how hazardous waste is managed, and close important gaps in the regulations.” The rule also aims to enhance the safety of facilities, employees and the general public by improving hazardous waste risk communication and ensuring that emergency management requirements meet today’s needs. 

Per the EPA, the final rule provides approximately 60 changes to the hazardous waste generator regulations including:

  •  Exempt Small Quantity Generators
  •  Very Small Quantity Generators
  •  Notification Requirements 
  •  Labeling and Marking of Containers 
  •  Satellite Accumulation 
  •  RCRA Biennial Report 
  •  Generator Requirement Revisions 
  •  Technical Corrections
  •  Reorganization 


In response to public comments, EPA did not finalize certain proposed changes. These include documentation of non-hazardous waste determinations; maintaining hazardous waste determinations until the facility closes; notification to the state or EPA of closure of a waste accumulation unit at a facility; requiring labeling of hazardous waste units with the contents of the container; certain revisions to the drip pad requirements; and documentation of weekly inspections. 

The rule is effective starting May 30, 2017. For non-authorized RCRA states—Alaska, Iowa, the Indian Nations, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, N. Mariana and U.S. Virgin Islands—the rule will also go into effect on May 30, 2017. States with RCRA-authorized programs must adopt rules and get authorized for the new provisions. These states are only required to adopt the provisions in this final rule that are more stringent than the current RCRA regulations.

EPA hosted two webinars for the public to discuss the final rule on November 30 and December 5. More information on the final rule is available on EPA’s website at short.PFonline.com/EPAhwgener

For questions or more information, contact Jeff Hannapel with NASF at jhannapel@thepolicygroup.com.



NASF Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

NASF welcomes three members joining the NASF Board of Directors: Waasy Boddison of American Plating Power, Jeff Brassard of Palm International and Charles Morgan of Triple Cities Metal Finishing. In addition, the following members have been elected for another two-year term: Steve Brown of Broco Products, Curtis Goad of the GOAD Co., Brian Harrick of K C Jones Plating, Bernie Haviland of Haviland Products Co., Brad Majoy of Pavco, and Jim Miille of Chemical Solutions. 



NASF Industry Awards at Sur/Fin Atlanta Calling for Nominations 

NASF will again recognize strong leaders who have selflessly dedicated their time and resources to the surface finishing industry. These leaders will be celebrated at the NASF Annual Meeting held during Sur/Fin in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 19-21. The awards recognize key leaders who have gone above and beyond, demonstrating what is unique and admired about the association. These volunteers work to further the association on both the local and national level for the next generation of professionals.

NASF will present the following awards:

Award of Merit: Outstanding service with significant time and effort devoted to the industry on a local or national level.

Taormina Award: One of NASF’s most prestigious awards given to an individual who has performed outstanding service to the finishing industry and exemplifies the traits of Silvio Taormina.

August P. Munning Award: Given to a supplier member who has significantly contributed to the future well-being of the association and exemplifies the traits of August P. Munning—his great interest, hard work, dedication and devotion to the industry.

Scientific Achievement Award: Recognizes a person who has contributed to the advancement of the theory and practice of electroplating, metal finishing and the allied arts; raised the quality of processes and products; enhanced the dignity and status of the profession; or has been involved in a combination of these efforts. The first recipient of this award was Dr. William Blum, Sr., who was instrumental in establishing fundamental research in the society.

Presidential Award: Recognizes extraordinary service put forth by an NASF member who is actively participating on the national level, going beyond the capacity of most.

NASF will accept nominations until March 29 that will be approved by the NASF Awards Committee. Submit your nominations at nasf.org or contact Matt Martz at mmartz@nasf.org or 202-527-0252.



Upcoming NASF Events

NASF Training | Foundation Courses


Web-Based Plating Essentials

Six Two-Hour Sessions 
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST
March 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
Course Cost: $615 Member | $800 Non-Members
Exam Cost: $150 Member | $250 Non-Members

Join NASF online for the newly developed NASF/AESF Plating Essentials course. This training program is designed for line operators, maintenance personnel and sales representatives new to the industry or who have never had formal training in electroplating. This course is written in a non-technical fashion and assumes no formal math or technical knowledge and is perfect for employees interested in perusing their CEF designation with an introductory course. The training program consists of nine lessons.

In-Person Aluminum Finishing Course

Chicago, Illinois
April 10 & 11 (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Exam: April 12 (8 - 10 a.m.)
Course Cost: $760 Member | $910 Non-Member
Exam Cost: $150 Member | $250 Non-Member
Exam Cost: $150 Member | $250 Non-Member

Join NASF in Chicago, Illinois, for the Aluminum Finishing course. This training program is designed for employees and supervisors working in both captive and job shops performing anodizing and other finishes on aluminum. Trainees should have at minimum a high school diploma, and some experience in processing parts for surface finishing is helpful but not required. The training materials and instructions are in English. Students are taught how to convert between the two systems of measurement. The goal of this course is to provide the student with a broad range of information related to metal finishing operations that are commonly conducted on aluminum.

For more information, contact Matt Martz at mmartz@nasf.org or 202-527-0252, or visit nasf.org/education.





Originally published in the February 2017 issue.