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Regulatory News Alert: EPA’s Proposed Hazardous Waste Rules Issued: Learn More in Sacramento

by admin on September 2, 2015 No comments

Yesterday EPA issued two proposed new rules with over 60 changes to improve the effectiveness of and compliance with the agency’s hazardous waste generator program. The 60-day public comment period is now open and this month you have an opportunity to talk directly with the leader of EPA’s national retail program strategy for the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act – Drew Lausch.
Lausch is headlining the first-ever Retailer & Consumer Products Regulatory Compliance Workshop, sponsored by the Consumer Specialty Products Association and the Personal Care Products Council in Sacramento, CA September 29-30 and he welcomes input from attendees.

This hands-on event will feature Lausch, a 30-year EPA veteran and 17 other top-notch presenters focusing on waste and air regulations as they impact household, personal care and institutional products in the supply chain. Don’t miss the chance to engage with Lausch and dozens of other executives from Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, P&G, Unilever, Lowe’s, Walgreens and Walmart who will present at this two-day, working session.

Share this story with the regulatory, legal and commercial managers in your company responsible for hazardous waste and VOC issues – they won’t want to miss this opportunity for face-to-face time with one of the architects of the EPA’s hazardous waste management program and key officials handling California air quality issues at CARB. See the full 2 day agenda below.


Day One Agenda

7:30 am – 8:00 am
Breakfast & Registration

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Session 1: Federal & State Hazardous Waste Regulations

Topic 1: “Federal RCRA Regulations”
Drew Lausch, U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response

  • Discussion of EPA’s strategy to address the retail sector under RCRA
  • Overview of federal RCRA regulations and proposed rule-making affecting the retail sector

Topic 2: “California Hazardous Waste Regulations and Programs”
Rick Brausch, Legislative and Policy Director, California Department of Toxic Substances Control

  • California presents some unique challenges for retailers and manufacturers disposing of consumer products, which are often classified as hazardous waste. Our speaker will discuss how California’s law differs from RCRA and what that means to you.

Topic 3: “Challenges Classifying Hazardous Waste and Why You Should Care”
Sean Broderick, P&G – Jodi Visco, BASF

  • Manufacturers and retailers must work together to resolve the difficult issue of proper waste classification. Varying state and federal laws, reverse distribution, employee training, and many other challenges present opportunities as well. Working together along the supply chain, there are sustainable solutions to be found, such as ways to minimize or redirect portions of the waste streams.

Topic 4: “Special Compliance Challenges for Retailers”
Michael Steel, Morrison & Foerster – Wendy Brant, Walmart – (invited CVS, Home Depot, Walgreens)

  • State enforcement actions and huge penalties for improper disposal have plagued retailers as they struggle to classify consumer products for disposal. Hear about the particular burdens that retailers face and ways they may try to alleviate them.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch with Special Luncheon Speaker

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Interactive Panel Discussion – Possible Solutions

Beth Lange, PCPC (moderator) The Panel consists of Rich Brausch, Sean Broderick, Jodi Visco, Wendy Brant, CVS, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walgreens 

  • Retailers and suppliers will identify barriers to hazmat compliance and ways to remove the barriers with minimal disruption and cost to retailers and suppliers. Is a federal regulation the answer? If so, what should it include? Redirecting, recovering or recapturing part of the waste stream? Is improved ingredient disclosure part of the answer? If so, are there more efficient and cost-effective ways of providing the information while protecting CBI?

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Session 2: Federal and State VOC Regulations

Topic 1: “California Consumer Products VOC Regulations”
Doug Fraz, CSPA

  • Overview of current California consumer product VOC regulations impacting retail consumer products

Topic 2: “Other State and Federal Consumer Products VOC Regulations”
Joe Yost, CSPA

  • Overview of current product VOC regulations in other states and the EPA national rule.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Day Two Agenda

7:30 am – 8:00 am

8:00 am – 10:00 am
Session 2 (cont.): Federal & State VOC Regulations

Topic 1: “Regulator Perspective on OTC Model Rule Implementation”
Ali Mirzakhalili, Director Division of Air Quality DNREC, OTC Representative

  • A perspective on the need for consumer product VOC regulation in Ozone Transport Commission states

Topic 2: “Compliance Challenges for Consumer Products Companies”
Jack Linard, Unilever – Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal (invited)

  • A perspective on the challenges faced in reformulating consumer products to meet various federal, state and local regulations.

10:15 am – 12:30 pm
Compliance With Federal and State VOC Regulations

Topic 3: “Meeting SIP Requirements in California”
Karen Magliano, Division Chief, Air Quality Planning and Science Division

  • The need for continued updates of State Implementation Plans to meet new air quality standards.

Topic 4: “Compliance with CARB”
Todd Sax, Chief of the Enforcement Division, CARB

  • Policies and procedures used to assure compliance with California consumer products regulations.

Topic 5: “CARB Consumer & Commercial Products Survey”
David Edwards, Manager, Implementation Section, Consumer Products and Air Quality Assessment Branch, AQPSD

  • The purposes of California’s Consumer & Commercial Products Surveys and the need for compliance by product marketers.

Topic 6: “Compliance Challenges for Retailers”
Mallory McCormick, Walmart – Lowe’s (invited)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Interactive Panel Discussion – Possible Solutions

Ali Mirzakhalili, Jack Linard, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, Karen Magliano, Todd Sax, David Edwards, Mallory McCormick, Lowe’s

  • How can CSPA/PCPC members and retailers clarify for each other what is needed to help suppliers and retailers comply with VOC regulations?


Room Block at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel Ends September 4th. Reserve Your Room Today!

You can Register For The Workshop Here

CSPA/PCPC Members – $595.00
Non-Members – $695.00

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