This information is provided as guidance only. Do not use to determine compliance with either State or Federal Regulations.
State Environmental Agency:
The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is authorized by the USEPA to manage the regulations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in Nevada.
State regulations for the management of hazardous waste are found in the Nevada Administrative Code and the Nevada Revised Statutes.
Hazardous Waste Generator Status:
Nevada follows the Federal Rules for the definition of hazardous waste generator status:
- Generate ≥1,000 kg/mo hazardous waste or >1 kg/mo acute hazardous waste or >100 kg/mo acute hazardous waste spill residue or soil = Large Quantity Generator of hazardous waste (LQG).
- Generate >100 but <1,000 kg/mo hazardous waste = Small Quantity Generator of hazardous waste (SQG).
- Generate ≤100 kg/mo hazardous waste and ≤1 kg/mo acute hazardous waste and ≤100 kg/mo acute hazardous waste spill residue or soil = Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator of hazardous waste (CESQG).
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Facility Identification Number:
A Large Quantity Generator of hazardous waste and a Small Quantity Generator of hazardous waste in Nevada must have a nine-digit USEPA identification number assigned by the NDEP.
Nevada does not have state identification numbers for hazardous waste generators.
The permanent USEPA Identification Number is obtained by submitting a complete EPA Form 8700-12 “Notification of Regulated Waste Activity” application form to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. Application forms and instructions are provided from the U.S. EPA hazardous waste data forms internet website.
Emergency EPA Identification Numbers — Emergency EPA Identification Numbers are obtained directly from the U.S. EPA. Contact the U.S. EPA at (800) 300-2193.
Subsequent Notification — If your site already has an EPA Identification Number and you wish to change information (e.g., generator status, new site contact person, new owner, new mailing address, new regulated waste activity, etc.) use U.S. EPA form 8700-12 to submit a subsequent notification.
Deactivating EPA Identification Numbers —Detailed instructions are available at the following: How to deactivate your EPA Identification Number
Submit all completed forms to:
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Waste Management
901 South Stewart Street, Suite 4001
Carson City, Nevada 89701-5249
NDEP follows the Federal Rule for the identification and management of universal waste.Universal Waste:
- Four (4) potential hazardous wastes may be managed as universal waste:
- Mercury-containing devices
- Recalled or cancelled pesticides
- Four (4) types of universal waste facilities:
- Small Quantity Universal Waste Handler
- Large Quantity Universal Waste Handler
- Universal Waste Destination Facility
- Universal Waste Transporter
- Universal waste may be accumulated on-site for no more than one year.
- Universal Waste Handler must provide training for employees applicable to handler status.
- Deliberate crushing of universal waste lamps precludes their management as universal waste and requires their management as a hazardous waste.
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NDEP follows the Federal Rule for the identification and management of used oil.
- Definition of used oil:
- Petroleum-based or synthetic.
- Used and contaminated by that use.
- Destined for fuel-blending or recycling.
- Cannot be contaminated with a listed hazardous waste. Be especially cautious with any potential exposure to chlorinated solvents.
- Management of used oil:
- No on-site accumulation time limit.
- May be accumulated in tanks or containers.
- Tanks or containers must be labeled “Used Oil”.
- Spills and leaks cleaned up immediately.
- Cannot use for dust suppression.
- May self-transport ≤55 gallons at a time in company owned vehicles to a registered collection site or another location owned by the generator.
- Used oil filters should be hot-drained to where they are completely free of liquids. They then may be recycled as scrap metal. Federal exclusion from regulation for non-terne plated used oil filters.
Training of Facility Personnel:
Nevada follows the requirements of the USEPA for training all Hazardous Waste Personnel.
- LQG RCRA Training – Initial training (w/i 6 months) and annual review.
- SQG RCRA Training – Ensure all employees are “thoroughly familiar” with how to handle hazardous waste and how to respond to a hazardous waste emergency.
- CESQG RCRA Training – No training requirement, but still a good idea. RCRA regulations applicable to a CESQG.
Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest:
Nevada, like every other state since September 5, 2006, requires use of the Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest for the transportation of a hazardous waste.
Nevada also has the following state-specific requirements related to the management of the Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest:
- If the Treatment, Storage, or Disposal Facility (TSDF) for the hazardous waste is outside of Nevada, the generator must mail to the NDEP a copy of the final Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest (signed as received by the TSDF) within 30 days of the date of the TSDF’s signature. Mail the Manifest to:
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Waste Management
901 S. Stewart Street, Suite 4001
Carson City, NV 89701-5249
Large Quantity Generators of hazardous waste (not SQGs or CESQGs) must submit the Biennial Hazardous Waste Report by March 1st of every even-numbered year for the previous calendar year.
NDEP follows the Federal Rule for maintaining records of RCRA documents. In general, an LQG or SQG must maintain copies of documents as a record for three years from its effective date.
On-Site Management of Hazardous Waste in Containers:
- Containers in good condition
- Containers compatible with contents.
- Containers kept closed except when adding or removing hazardous waste.
- Hazardous waste or hazardous waste residue must not be present on the outside of the container.
- Containers must be labeled:
- “Hazardous Waste”
- Date of initial accumulation (unless managed in a Satellite Accumulation Area pursuant to 40 CFR 262.34(c)).
- Applicable hazardous waste codes. This is a unique requirement of the NDEP and is not found in USEPA regulations.
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Satellite Accumulation of Hazardous Waste:
NDEP follows the Federal Rule at 40 CFR 262.34(c):
- Limited to containers only, no tanks.
- Container must be at or near point of generation of hazardous waste.
- Container must be under the control of the operator of the process generating the hazardous waste.
- No more than 55 gallons of hazardous waste or 1 quart of acute hazardous waste in a single satellite accumulation area.
- No limit on number of satellite accumulation areas in a facility or the aggregate volume of hazardous waste maintained in satellite accumulation areas.
- Container must be labeled with the words “Hazardous Waste” or some other description of the container contents, eg. “Paint Waste”.
- May have more than one container in a single satellite accumulation area.
- May have more than one type of hazardous waste in a single satellite accumulation area.
- When 55 gallon or 1 quart volume threshold is reached, hazardous waste container must be immediately dated. Generator is allowed three calendar days to move the hazardous waste container from the satellite accumulation area to the central accumulation area (aka: 90/180 day accumulation area). Once moved to the central accumulation area, the generator may re-date the container and accumulate it on-site for the number of days appropriate for their hazardous waste generator status.
- Container in satellite accumulation area must be kept closed except when adding or removing hazardous waste. Container must be maintained in good condition.
- Containers in satellite accumulation areas are not subject to the following:
- Training requirements for facility personnel, though training is still highly recommended.
- Weekly container inspections, though recommended.
- RCRA air emission standards of 40 CFR 265, Subpart CC.
- Hazardous waste managed correctly in a satellite accumulation area is not subject to on-site accumulation time limits.
- Hazardous waste managed in a satellite accumulation area continues to be counted towards a generators hazardous waste generator status.
Management of Solvent-Contaminated Wipes:
A conditional exclusion for solvent-contaminated wipes from both Solid Waste & Hazardous Waste became effective in the Federal regulations of the USEPA on January 31, 2014. States with authorized hazardous waste programs have the option to adopt the regulation as is or with its own modifications or to reject the conditional exclusion entirely (Status of Solvent Wipe Conditional Exclusion in Your State).
Pursuant to a conversation with the University of Nevada Environmental Program representative on September 12, 2014, NDEP intends to adopt the Federal exclusion in its current form at its next regularly scheduled legislative session in September or October 2015. In the interim, a company must conduct a hazardous waste determination for its solvent-contaminated wipes and manage them according to the hazardous waste regulations.
Use of State-Certified Labs for Hazardous Waste Determination:
Pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes @ NRS 459.502, NDEP requires the use of state-certified labs for analysis completed as part of the hazardous waste determination: NDEP Laboratory Certification Program. The link to the Nevada Certified Lab List is in the middle of the page.
Reporting of Spills, Releases and Emergencies:
Reporting spills in-state: 1-888-331-6337
Out of state: 1-775-687-9485
In Nevada, a non-hazardous industrial waste must be managed on-site in a manner that does not cause harm to the environment or create a nuisance. In addition, non-hazardous industrial waste must be disposed of in a state-approve or RCRA permitted facility.
Do you have a question about some aspect of the Nevada hazardous waste regulations that you don’t see here? Please ask me. I’m glad to help.
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Additional Information Available:
- USEPA Region 9 information on Nevada Waste Programs
- Join the NDEP mailing list to receive notification of its public notices, hearings, workshops, and events relating to hazardous waste management in Nevada Hazardous Waste Electronic Email List
- Free Technical Assistance is available for hazardous waste generators in Nevada from the Nevada Small Business Development Center Business Environmental Program:
- Las Vegas (702) 866 5927
- Reno (775) 834-3674
- In-state Toll Free (800) 882 3233