The reporting season has begun for the 2013 Hazardous Waste Report, which this year is due on March 3, 2014. You only have four weeks to finalize and submit your reports to the Ohio EPA detailing your 2013 hazardous waste activities. Please consider submitting your report as soon as possible. High numbers of users can slow down the posting process online causing many delays during the last week prior to the due date. This report is required of any facility that generated 2000 pounds or more of hazardous waste (or 2.2 pounds or more of acute hazardous waste) in any calendar month in 2013.
The only changes for the 2013 report are changes to some of the Management Method Codes and to the Waste Minimization Codes. You can see a list of these changes on pages 2 to 3, 29 to 30 and 62 in the Hazardous Waste Report Instructions. If you are filing a paper report or importing data files make sure that you are using correct and up to date codes or your report will fail data validation.
If you are considering filing electronically for the first time please make sure that the facility’s Responsible Official has requested a PIN and then associated their account with the facility once that PIN has been activated. These activities take time to complete and waiting until the last minute may result in a late submission. The software has many features that help you prepare the report quickly and more accurately than on paper. The software allows the user to validate some of the information provided in the report which helps to reduce the possibility of violations. It also includes the ability to copy a previous year’s report as a starting point for a new report, even if you haven’t filed electronically in the past.
If your facility’s report was filed electronically for 2011 but there have been personnel changes, it’s time to have new users get eBiz accounts and/or PINs or terminate access rights for users no longer involved with the facility’s report. For information on removing preparers or Responsible Officials, see “Changing Roles in eBiz” on the Report web page.
If you have any questions, including questions or concerns about getting started in eBiz, please contact:
Thomas Babb, Hazardous Waste Report Coordinator
View the 2013 Hazardous Waste Report Reminder from the Ohio EPA here.
If you are a Large Quantity Generator of hazardous waste you will be required to submit a hazardous waste report to your state or the USEPA either every other year (biennially) or annually. In addition to submitting the hazardous waste report a Large Quantity Generator of hazardous waste must also complete initial and annual hazardous waste personnel training for all Facility Personnel involved in the generation, handling, management, disposal, treatment, or off-site shipment of hazardous waste. Contact me for training or for a free consultation.