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The Centers provide access to the information you need, in a way that helps make sense of environmental regulations.

Each Center addresses real world issues faced by a specific industry or government sector. The Centers deliver information in many forms:

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Environmental regulations can be confusing. It's often hard to find out exactly what you need to do, in language that relates directly to the operations of your business or government agency.

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The document Managing Pharmaceutical Waste A 10-Step Blueprint for Healthcare Facilities is being revised by HERC to cover the most recent federal and state regulations for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. Most notably, on February 22, 2019, EPA published Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine.  The updated document will completed by Summer 2022 and will be available on the Healthcare Environmental Resource CenterAlthough the 2008 document is not current with regard to federal regulation of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, it does contain valuable non-regulatory waste management information that remains valid today. Therefore, we continue to make this 2008 document available for use. Download 2008 document.

Healthcare Environmental Assistance Center added a COVID19 medical waste section that includes Federal and Sate guidelines.

US EPA Small Business Resources Information Sheet. This information sheet provides an array of resources, including workshops, training sessions, hotlines, websites and guides, to help small businesses understand and comply with federal and state environmental laws.

EPA Selects New National Compliance Initiatives. The EPA focuses its enforcement and compliance resources on the most serious environmental violations by developing and implementing national program priorities called National Compliance Initiatives (NCIs). The overarching goal is to increase compliance in the six NCIs for the FY 2020-2023 cycle. EPA/OECA will develop implementation frameworks for each NCI that will include approaches using our full range of compliance assurance tools, including compliance assistance, self-audits, and informal and formal enforcement actions to achieve the goals of each NCI. Learn more at https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/national-compliance-initiatives.

Managing Your Hazardous Waste: A Guide for Small Businesses. This new EPA handbook provides an overview of the federal hazardous waste regulations and helps businesses understand how best to comply with federal hazardous waste management regulations.

Surface Technology Environmental Resource Center (STERC) added a Technical Articles feature. The articles are written by National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), a STERC sponsor.

The Construction Industry Compliance Assistance (CICA) Center has partnered with the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). CICA Center has a new look, new resources and numerous updates. Visit CICA Center at www.cicacenter.org.