Wastes are listed as hazardous because they are known to be harmful to human health and/or the environment when not managed properly. From small businesses such as dry cleaners and automobile repair shops to large oil refineries and chemical manufacturers, many types of businesses may generate hazardous wastes that are subject to reporting requirements.
In Kentucky, the deadline for hazardous waste generators to submit 2013 documents is quickly approaching. The Hazardous Waste Annual Reports and Hazardous Waste Assessment Returns must be submitted by:
- Any site registered as either a large or small quantity hazardous waste generator for any part of the 2013 calendar year (including one-time-only generators)
- Any site that treated, stored, or disposed of hazardous wastes on site during the 2013 calendar year
The booklet containing forms and instructions for both reports can be found online at http://waste.ky.gov/HWB/Pages/HWBforms.aspx.
Annual reports and assessment returns must be received and date stamped in the Kentucky Division of Waste Management’s Hazardous Waste Branch office by March 1, 2014.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky requires hazardous waste generators to annually submit these documents that pinpoint how much hazardous waste they generated, how it was managed, and its final disposition, per the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The primary contribution of this act was to create a “cradle to grave” system of record keeping for hazardous wastes.
As for the assessments, all registered large and small quantity generators are required by Kentucky law to pay an annual hazardous waste assessment. An assessment is based on the amount of hazardous waste generated during the assessment period, similar to a “pay-as-you-throw” garbage collection system – the more you generate, the more you pay. The assessment rates per pound vary depending on factors such as if the waste is liquid or solid and if it is sent off-site or kept on-site. If no waste was generated, an assessment form showing zero must be submitted.
The money generated by the assessments is used to respond to environmental emergencies, clean up hazardous waste sites in the state where no responsible party can be found and to provide state match dollars for federal superfund sites.
For more information, go to the Hazardous Waste Branch’s website or contact:
Kentucky Division of Waste Management
Hazardous Waste Branch
200 Fair Oaks Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-564-6716, ext. 4705