What if I exceed the amount of hazardous waste allowed under the VSQG statute?
If you exceed the amount of hazardous waste allowed under the federal and state requirements, your business will not be eligible to participate in the Fairfax County, Virginia VSQG disposal program. Refer to the Virginia Hazardous Waste Management regulations for details.
If a VSQG exceeds the allowable generation rate in a calendar month due to a unique occurrence or an unforeseeable/infrequent event, this may qualify as an episodic generator. If episodic generation of hazardous waste becomes a repeated occurrence, changing the hazardous waste generator status will be required. Until the hazardous waste is removed from the site, the hazardous waste generator must comply with the more stringent regulations applicable to businesses or institutions that qualify as small or large quantity hazardous waste generators. The business or institution can return to VSQG status after the hazardous waste is transported off site for disposal and as long as it does not generate more than 220 pounds in any one calendar month during the next 12 months.
For more information about this matter, see the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's requirements for VSQGs. Another source of information about how to properly manage hazardous waste generated by businesses or institutions is Northern Virginia Regional Commission, knowtoxics.
If you fail to meet the participation requirements of a VSQG, you may utilize the services of a hazardous waste disposal contractor and transporter, visit Disposal Companies for Specialized or Hazardous Waste.