Waste Programs Division: Hazardous Waste Management: Clean Harbors Arizona, L.L.C. (CHA) Waste Storage Facility

Clean Harbors Arizona, L.L.C. (CHA) Hazardous Waste Storage Facility
EPA ID No: AZD 049 318 009

Facility History and Description

Clean Harbors Arizona, L.L.C. (CHA) is located at 1340 West Lincoln Street in Phoenix, Arizona. The facility was operating as a commercial hazardous waste facility when the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was enacted and first filed for Interim Status under RCRA in 1980. In May of 1993, Laidlaw Environmental Services of California purchased the facility, then named Recycling Resources, Inc., from Disposal Control Services, Inc. On September 1, 1994, the facility registered to do business in the State of Arizona as Laidlaw Environmental Services, Southwest, and the name Recycling Resources, Inc. was retired. On July 1, 1998, Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc. and all subsidiaries legally changed their name to Safety-Kleen Corporation, Inc. Finally, on September 6, 2002, the facility was acquired by Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc. and again changed its name to the current name of Clean Harbors Arizona, L.L.C. (CHA).

The global position of the facility is approximately 33 degrees, 26 minutes, 31 seconds north latitude and 112 degrees, 5 minutes, 24 seconds west longitude. The facility is located at the northeast corner of the intersection of West Lincoln Street and 15th Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona. The site covers approximately 2.3 acres and is generally rectangular in shape with its longer boundary extending eastward from 15th Avenue approximately 484 feet along West Lincoln Street. The shorter, north-south boundary extends approximately 273 feet northward from West Lincoln Street along 15th Avenue.

The facility is an existing hazardous waste storage facility that receives a variety of hazardous & non-hazardous wastes. These materials are then segregated, consolidated, and shipped for recycling, treatment and/or disposal.

Waste Management

The facility typically receives wastes from off-site generators via commercial hazardous waste transporters or its own transportation fleet. Solid hazardous wastes are received in roll off bins, drums, pails, and other miscellaneous-sized containers meeting DOT standards. Liquid hazardous wastes are received in drums, pails, totes, miscellaneous-sized containers meeting DOT standards, and tanker trucks.

Representative clients for CHA include: industrial facilities, manufacturing plants, oil companies, chemical manufacturers, institutions such as hospitals, schools, and universities, research and development facilities, government agencies, emergency response actions, remedial action sites, and household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events.

CHA generates hazardous and non-hazardous waste products that are consolidated on-site or shipped off-site via commercial transporters or its own transportation fleet to permitted treatment, storage or disposal facilities. The wastes at CHA consist of laboratory sample residues and empty containers that the facility has bulked or lab-packed into DOT-approved containers for off-site treatment; clean-up residues and wash waters from the facility; VOC laden carbon; and personal protective equipment.

CHA primarily receives waste from off-site generators and prepares the waste for shipment to other treatment, storage, and disposal facilities, or recyclers. Waste management activities performed at CHA include:

  • Container storage areas - CHA has six container storage areas: CSA-I, CSA-II, CSA-IV, CSA-V, CSA-VI, and CSA-VII. These areas may store hazardous or non-hazardous wastes;

  • Tank storage area - CHA has six hazardous waste storage tanks on-site. These tanks are: T101, T102, T103, T104, T301, and T501. CHA also has seven non-hazardous waste storage tanks: T201, T401, T601, T602, T701, T701, and T703;

  • Roll off storage area - CHA has provision to store waste in roll off bins. These bins may contain hazardous waste solids, non-hazardous waste solids, or lab packs;

  • Work stations - CHA has four work stations. WS-I, WS-II, WS-III, and WS-IV. The work stations are used for bulking and consolidation of liquid containerized waste into a storage tank within the tank farm; bulking, consolidation and repacking of lab packs for transfer off-site to other treatment, storage, and disposal facilities; bulking, consolidation, and distribution of household hazardous waste; and storage of containers of hazardous and non-hazardous waste;

  • Loading Dock - The loading dock is capable of parking four trucks at a time and staging waste during the loading and unloading process during operating hours;

  • Staging area - The staging area receives and prepares for shipment non-hazardous wastes to the work stations or to other treatment, storage, and disposal facilities;

  • Paint crusher - The paint crusher is used to compact and extract liquids from HHW paints or non-hazardous liquids, to separate non-hazardous latex paints from their containers and to crush paint and paint related containers. The latex paint may be collected and returned to the generator for recycling or provided to various agencies for graffiti cover and painting exterior walls.

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Closure of Waste Consolidation Unit

On September 10, 2009, CHA submitted a partial closure plan for their Waste Consolidation Unit (WCU). The WCU was used to crush hazardous waste drums and compress bulk hazardous waste solids such as personal protection equipment. Closure of the WCU was completed in accordance with the Partial Closure Plan, with the final report and certification acknowledged by ADEQ on March 15, 2012.

Closure of Tanks 302 and 501

On June 28, 2011, CHA submitted a partial closure plan for their tanks 302 and 501. The tanks were used to consolidate and store hazardous waste bulk liquids prior to shipment offsite for recycling, treatment or disposal. They were used to primarily store flammable, non-flammable, and toxic hazardous wastes. The public comment period for the Partial Closure Plan began July 31, 2011 and ended August 31, 2011.

Hazardous Waste Permit

A hazardous waste permit was issued to Clean Harbors Arizona, L.L.C. (CHA) on June 28, 2010 and was signed by the Director of the ADEQ Waste Programs Division. It includes all permit conditions deemed necessary to protect human health and the environment. All permit conditions are based on the permit application, with supplements and updates submitted by the applicant on or before April 07, 2010. The subsequent Final Revised Hazardous Waste Management Act Facility Permit was issued on May 17, 2013, as a result of a Director-initiated permit modification (referenced below).

The term for the permit is ten years - it expires on June 28, 2020.

Contents of the Permit:

  • Part I - General permit conditions required by Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.) R18-8-270 A and L and 40 CFR 270.30.
  • Part II - General facility conditions required by A.A.C. R18-8-264.A and 40 CFR 264, Subparts B, C, D and E.
  • Part III - Specific conditions related to hazardous waste storage in containers required by A.A.C. R18-8-264.A and 40 CFR 264 Subpart I.
  • Part IV - Specific conditions related to hazardous waste storage in tanks required by A.A.C. R18-8-264.A and 40 CFR 264 Subpart J.
  • Part V - Specific conditions regarding corrective action for solid waste management units, also referred to as the Corrective Action Schedule of Compliance (CASOC) required by A.A.C. R18-8-264.A and 40 CFR 264 Subpart F and 40 CFR 270.33.

Permit Attachments:

Upon Permit final decision, ADEQ issued a Response to Comments Summary. The summary responded to all significant comments submitted by the applicant and the general public during the public comment period.

Permit Modification to Hazardous Waste Permit

As the result of a Director-initiated permit modification in accordance with Arizona Administrative Code R18-8-271.D(c)(1), a Draft Permit was prepared by ADEQ. A public notice was issued and a public comment period was held from March 17, 2013 through May 2, 2013. The draft Permit proposed updates to the existing hazardous waste Permit to:

  1. Add a corrective action schedule of compliance to the Permit;
  2. Incorporate new fee rules that were effective 07/01/2012;
  3. Modify the corrective action requirements for the Permit to require that corrective action work plans and reports be submitted as Class 1 Permit modification requests for Director approval, which are subject to cost recovery;
  4. Correct typographical errors in the Permit; and
  5. Clarify that the Permittee may appeal final determinations made by the Director on corrective action work plans and reports, and request an informal settlement conference, in accordance with A.R.S. ยง41-1092.06.

The permit modification proposed or authorized no physical changes to the CHA facility.

The final Permit decision for the revised Permit was issued on May 17, 2013. There were no public comments or requests for a public hearing; therefore, no memorandum summarizing comments and responses was required.

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