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Hazardous Waste Reporting

Idaho's Hazardous Waste Management Act of 1983 (Idaho Code §39-44) requires large and small quantity generators of hazardous waste in the state to report to DEQ by January 31 of each year on the types and quantities of hazardous wastes generated, shipped for treatment and disposal, and remaining in storage, and whether the hazardous wastes generated will be disposed of or treated in Idaho or out of state. In addition, operators of hazardous waste disposal facilities are required to report annually on the types and quantities of wastes received that were generated in Idaho or out of state.

EPA requires large quantity hazardous waste generators and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities to report biennially on the quantities, type, and management of hazardous wastes generated and received from off site.

2016 Hazardous Waste Report

DEQ compiles the information reported and submits an annual waste management report to the governor and legislature. The most recent report, for calendar year 2016, shows that the overall volume of hazardous waste generated in Idaho increased by 69% last year, from 7,970 tons in 2015 to 13,531 tons in 2016.

Although there is a significant increase in hazardous waste generated from the previous year, that increase is mostly in the remediation and mixed waste categories, with a slight increase in the other waste category. Mixed waste is generated primarily by the Department of Energy sites in eastern Idaho. It would appear that the hazardous waste generated during the regular, ongoing processes throughout the state has actually remained fairly comparable to the previous years’ generation, if not even slightly decreased with reductions in the categories of characteristic, solvent, and treatment, storage, disposal (TSD) waste.

Link to the 2016 report and reports dating back to 2001 at right.