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Used Oil FAQs

The RCRA used oil management standards can serve as a road map to guide used oil handlers (generators, transporters, burners, marketers, processors, and re-refiners) through the various storage, recordkeeping, and cleanup procedures to ensure used oil is handled safely. The used oil regulations are based on the presumption that used oil (i.e., oil contaminated by chemical or physical impurities as a result of use) will be recycled. Central also to the used oil management rules is the presumption that used oil containing more than 1,000 parts per million of total halogens has been mixed with a hazardous waste, thereby requiring the used oil be handled under hazardous waste management rules.


EPCRA Lessons Learned

Four companies in Washington will spend over $500,000 because when U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigators came knocking, they weren’t happy with how the four companies did not report their chemicals. According to the EPA, these were serious violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).