The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is the principal federal legislation governing the management of solid and hazardous waste. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established regulations under RCRA which govern hazardous waste generation, storage, transportation, and disposal.
Army Regulation 200-1 (Chapter 10) implements HW requirements and provides installation personnel with procedures and responsibilities to manage HW consistent with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Fort Meade’s Hazardous Waste Management Plan provides even more specific guidance for those handling HW.
HW is generated and managed at numerous locations on Fort Meade property. The HW is primarily the result of maintenance of Army equipment and property, expired shelf-life hazardous materials, and medical service support activities. Fort Meade also generates various types of used oil during normal operations and other activities, in addition to hazardous waste, and must dispose of such materials.
Fort Meade is considered a large quantity generator (i.e. generates greater than 1000 kg or 2,200 pounds per month) of Hazardous Waste, and submits a report every other year to the state of Maryland and the EPA.
Waste Accumulation and Turn-In
As a designated large quantity generator, Fort Meade is allowed to accumulate HW for up to 90 days on-site. Fort Meade operates a centralized 90-day hazardous waste accumulation site located at Building 2250, Rock Ave. Fort Meade, MD 20755. This facility is called the Controlled Hazardous Substance Storage Facility (CHSSF). Fort Meade also has numerous hazardous waste satellite accumulation points (SAP’s) and universal waste accumulation sites around the installation.
Waste that is accumulated in hazardous waste satellite accumulation points (SAP’s) must meet the following conditions:
- Located at or near the point of generation
- Under the control of the operator
- Compatible with the container used for accumulation
- Good condition of container
- Kept closed unless actively adding or removing waste
- Labeled with the words "HAZARDOUS WASTE", the EPA ID waste number, and the type of waste being accumulated
- Transfer to a less than 90-day hazardous waste accumulation site (CHSSF) when meet the accumulation threshold (55-gallons for HW and 1 quart for acutely HW) within 3 days
HW must be turned in to the CHSSF using a DD Form 1348-1A. HW that is accumulated in a 90 day CHSSF is managed in accordance with applicable regulations and the requirements in the HWMP.
Fort Meade’s HWMP is a comprehensive document which covers all installation operations, including all activities and tenants that generate, temporarily store, transport, and turn-in for disposal regulated and hazardous waste. The requirements of this document are applicable to all military and civilian personnel at Fort Meade, including commanders and directors. The HWMP discusses procedures that ensure each step in the "cradle-to-grave" management of hazardous wastes is carried out in a consistent manner and in accordance with all regulatory requirements.
Please click on the link at the right side of this webpage to read more about HW training required for all personnel who are involved in any aspect of HW generation or handling. THIS TRAINING IS MANDATORY IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS!
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For More Information
For more information about HW or UW procedures, contact your organization's Environmental Officer, or DPW-ENV (301-677-9674).