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RTK NET adds Congressional Districts to RCRAInfo Data

RTK NET has added U.S. 113th Congressional Districts to its copy of the RCRAInfo database. This was done by geocoding the facilities -- by using map software to locate each facility by its address. RTK NET users can now search by Congressional District through the advanced search and see a breakdown of numbers of facilities by top Congressional Districts in the Summary search display.

About RCRAINFO Data

RCRAINFO was last updated on RTK NET with a set of EPA data made on May 19, 2013. The data on RTK NET are from EPA's RCRAInfo database. However, RCRAInfo includes both data on hazardous waste permits and activities and data on biennial hazardous waste generation and transfer forms (which used to be held in BRS). RTK NET still keeps the two sets of information separate, both because of presentation issues and for continuity with historical data, so RTK NET uses the name "RCRAINFO" for all RCRA data except for the biennial waste forms, which it calls "BRS".

The data in RCRAInfo consist of information about generators, transporters, treaters, storers, and disposers of hazardous waste, which are required to give certain reports about their activities to state-level regulators. These regulators pass the information on to Federal EPA. The law regulating the provision of this information is the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), as amended by the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984. Data includes permit status, compliance and violation information, and cleanup activities.

The RCRAINFO database, unlike many EPA databases, does not have "reporting years". It is a continuously updated set of data that includes records from the early years of RCRA through the present.

Users should note that RTK NET's search program searches using only the most current information for each handler. For instance, if a handler's name has changed over the years, only its most recent name (as reported to EPA) will be used if you search for a handler by name. Also, some handlers have information records for out-of-state activities, such as multi-state enforcements or transporter activities across states. Only the information in the handler's home state will be used in the search. Once you retrieve a handler in a search, all of its associated old information and out-of-state information records will be displayed -- it's only the search for handlers that does not use them, in order to avoid false positive hits.

RCRAINFO data can also be obtained through an EPA Envirofacts Query Form.

Glossary

There are a few important terms that are used in a specialized fashion within this documentation:

Handler
The term "handler" usually means the same thing as "facility", but RCRA Handlers may also be waste transporters that include mobile waste haulers whose activity spans multiple states.
LQG, SQG, CESQG
These are types of waste generation status for a handler. LQG refers to Large Quantity Generator of hazardous waste, SQG is Small Quantity Generator, and CESQG is Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (conditionally exempt from certain types of reporting). A Web search will reveal the detailed basis for these classifications if you need to know them, but at the most basic level, LQGs are the largest generators of hazardous waste.
TSD
Treatment, Storage, or Disposal of hazardous waste. This generally also includes recycling. Handlers that have a TSD waste unit are generally referred to as TSDs (sometimes TSDFs, for TSD Facility). RCRA classifies TSD waste units as being within the categories Treatment, Storage, Land Disposal (e.g. landfill), Incineration, and Boiler/Industrial Furnace (BIF).
Corrective Action
A corrective action is a clean up of escaped or spilled waste, usually though not always at an operating facility.

If you have any questions, comments, or found any bugs in these reports please either send RTK NET mail to rtkhelp@rtknet.org or call us at 202-234-8494.

Individual data fields

Additional help is available through the help file associated with RCRAINFO standard report output.