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Compliance with environmental regulations is challenging for retail given the complexity of regulations, broad range of areas and operations that are covered, and variations in requirements by state and even local jurisdictions. The resources below provide an introduction to environmental regulations for retail as well as more detailed information on key regulations. An overview of regulations that apply in retail settings is organized by regulatory area (such as air, hazardous waste, and storage tanks) or by store department. Fact sheets provide a more in-depth look at selected regulations while the matrices track variations in requirements by state for selected regulations.
Regulations for potential air emissions found in retail such as refrigeration, boilers, asbestos, emergency generators, and fuel stations.
Hazardous Materials Transportation
Regulations for the transportation of items considered hazardous materials under DOT regulations.
Hazardous Waste Regulations
Regulations for the proper management and disposal or recycling of hazardous and universal wastes found in retail.
Other Regulated Waste
Regulations for non-hazardous solid waste found in retail including municipal solid waste, food, medical waste, electronic waste, and more.
Product Compliance and Toxins Regulations
Regulations such as FIRFA, TSCA, state chemical regulations, and VOC standards that apply to certain retail products.
Resources on solid waste management, recycling and organic waste requirements, and disposal bans.
Regulations, including SPCC plans, for above-ground and underground storage tanks.
Regulations related to water including wastewater, drain disposal, FOG, and stormwater.
Appliances and Electronics
Regulatory areas for appliances and electronics including hazardous waste, e-waste, and refrigerants.
Regulatory areas for consumer products including hazardous waste, hazardous materials transportation, and environmental standards.
Gasoline and Fuel Dealers
Regulatory areas including USTs, air emissions, emergency planning, spills, and used oil.
Regulatory areas for grocery including food waste, air emissions, refrigeration, product sales, and hazardous waste.
Regulatory areas for home improvement including hazardous waste, pesticides, stormwater, and home repair.
Regulatory areas for pharmacy including hazardous waste, DEA-controlled substances, reverse distribution, and drain disposal.
Regulatory areas for store operations including maintenance, hazardous materials, boilers, pest management, HVAC, consumer bags, and more.
Vehicles Sales, Maintenance, and Products
Regulatory areas including hazardous waste, used oil, scrap tire management, wastewater, vehicle washing, and vehicle sales.
Pets and Pet Supplies
Regulatory areas for pet and pet supplies including hazardous waste, medical waste, pet food waste, pesticides, and wastewater.
California Environmental Regulatory Structure Fact Sheet
Introduction to California regulatory agencies, environmental requirements, enforcement trends, and best practices.
Emergency Generator Fact Sheet
Detailed look at emergency generator air regulations including regulatory requirements and federal compliance options.
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
Detailed look at the management, enforcement, and disposal of pesticides under FIFRA.
Lithium Batteries Fact Sheet
FAQs on requirements for shipping lithium batteries.
Refrigerant Fact Sheet
Covers air regulations and management requirements that apply in retail covering refrigeration and A/C equipment and ammonia refrigeration systems.
Mandatory Recycling and Disposal Bans Fact Sheet
Overview of state-level recycling regulations and commonly recycled materials such as paper, plastic, metal and glass.
California Organics Recycling Regulations
Summary of California Mandatory Organics Recycling Program (AB 1826) and trends in organics recycling across California’s local jurisdictions.
Chemicals in Consumer Products
Overview and summary of state-level chemical regulations such as bans, restrictions, mandatory reporting, mandatory labeling, or mandatory disclosure.
State and Federal Regulation of Hydrofluorocarbons
Overview and summary of the state and federal regulation of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
Single-Use Plastic Packaging Reduction Laws
Summary of state-level single-use plastic packaging restrictions across the U.S.
Mandatory Organics Recycling Regulations
Summary of state and local policies aimed at diverting commercially generated organic waste from landfills.
Beverage Container Deposit Legislation
Summary of state bottle deposit return legislation in the U.S.
Mandatory Recycled Content Laws for Packaging
Summary of state mandatory recycled content laws for packaging, carryout bags, and trash bags.
Chemical Regulatory Implications for Consumer Products
Overview of how consumer products are currently regulated under TSCA and the resulting compliance and implementation challenges for retailers
Emergency Generator Permitting Matrix
State-by-state summary of permitting options and exemptions for emergency generators, including general permits and construction operation permits.
Consumer Bag Legislation Summary Matrix
Summary of consumer bag legislation by state and local jurisdictions, including bans, fees, and specifications for different kinds of allowable bags.
Spill Reporting Matrix
Summary of state requirements for reporting spills of oil or hazardous substances, including reporting quantity and contact information.
Product Stewardship & EPR Matrix
Summary of state product bans, EPR and product stewardship legislation for packaging and products such as carpet, batteries, electronics, paint and more.
Overview of state legislation with requirements for retailers on managing waste electronic products or ewaste.
Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule Matrix
State-by-state tracking of implementation of the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule.
Hazardous Waste Variations by State Matrix
Overview of state variations in hazardous waste regulations under RCRA, including hazardous waste characteristics, thresholds, and universal waste.
Pharm Rule State Implementation Matrix
Tracks state adoption of pharmaceutical hazardous waste regulations, including nicotine.
Variations In Hazardous Waste Generator Reporting
Overview of variations in hazardous waste reporting by state for routine periodic reporting and requirements for manifest submissions.
Aerosols As Universal Waste Rule Tracking Matrix
State-by-state tracking of adoption of the EPA rule to list aerosol cans as universal waste.
Retail GHG Emissions Factors, Data & Methodology
Summary of sources for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions factors, data, and methodology relevant to retailers who are developing a company GHG inventory.
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