26.13.10.12

.12 Small Quantity Handlers of Universal Waste Batteries — Specific Management Standards.

A small quantity handler of universal waste:

A. Shall manage universal waste batteries:

(1) In a way that prevents release of any universal waste or any component of universal waste to the environment; and

(2) In compliance with the requirements of this regulation;

B. Shall place any universal waste battery that shows evidence of leakage, spillage, or damage that could cause leakage under reasonably foreseeable conditions in a container that is:

(1) Kept closed unless waste is being added to or removed from the container;

(2) Structurally sound;

(3) Compatible with the contents of the battery; and

(4) Free of evidence of leakage, spillage, or damage that could cause leakage under reasonably foreseeable conditions;

C. May conduct any of the following activities if the conditions of §D of this regulation are met:

(1) Sorting batteries by type;

(2) Mixing battery types in one container;

(3) Discharging batteries to remove the batteries' electric charge;

(4) Regenerating used batteries;

(5) Disassembling batteries or battery packs into individual batteries or cells;

(6) Removing batteries from consumer products; and

(7) Removing electrolyte from batteries;

D. Shall, in conducting the activities identified in §C of this regulation, assure that the casing of each individual battery cell is not breached and remains intact and closed, except that a cell may be opened to remove electrolyte if the cell is immediately closed after the electrolyte is removed;

E. Shall determine if the following items meet the definition of hazardous waste in COMAR 26.13.02.03:

(1) Each solid waste generated in conducting the activities identified in §C of this regulation; and

(2) Any electrolyte the handler removes from batteries;

F. Shall:

(1) Manage any of the items identified in §E of this regulation that meet the definition of hazardous waste in accordance with all applicable requirements of COMAR 26.13.01—26.13.10;

(2) Be considered the generator of the hazardous electrolyte or other hazardous waste identified in §F(1) of this regulation; and

(3) Comply with the requirements of COMAR 26.13.03 in managing the hazardous electrolyte or other hazardous waste identified in §F(1) of this regulation; and

G. May manage electrolyte or other solid waste identified in §E of this regulation that does not meet the definition of hazardous waste in any manner that is in compliance with applicable federal, state and local solid waste regulations.