Resource Conservation and Recovery Act:

Inspections of Facilities Treating and Using Hazardous Waste Fuels Show Some Noncompliance

RCED-96-211: Published: Aug 30, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1996.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on five states' cement production facility inspections, focusing on their compliance with various Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulations for processing hazardous waste fuels.

GAO found that: (1) there was at least one minor violation of treatment, storage, and disposal regulations at 23 of the cement production facilities reviewed; (2) these violations included the inadequate labeling of hazardous waste storage containers, incomplete records of training and equipment inspections, and failure to submit cost estimates for facility maintenance and operation; (3) these violations were generally corrected at the time of inspection or shortly thereafter; (4) significant violations occurred at 11 hazardous waste fuel burning facilities; (5) these facilities had storage containers in poor condition, stored waste in excess of allowed capacity, and used inadequate backup systems for hazardous waste leaks; (6) one of the facilities reviewed had violated boiler and industrial furnace regulations; and (7) the results of these inspections are incomplete, since the Environmental Protection Agency is still reviewing relevant data from the most recent inspections.

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