Protecting Public Health and the Environment.
...one pint of oil can make a slick an acre square?
...one quart of oil will foul the taste of 250,000 gallons of drinking water?
...used oil mixed with hazardous waste can have toxic or cacinogenic effects on humans?
Used oil is any oil that has been refined from crude or synthetic oil and has been used as a lubricant, electrical insulation oil, hydraulic fluid, heat transfer oil, brake fluid, refrigeration oil, grease, or machine cutting oil.
Used oil does not include used oil mixed with hazardous waste except for specific instances, petroleum and synthetic based-products used as solvent, antifreeze, wastewater from which the oil has been removed, or oil-contaminated media or debris.
Under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which Idaho has adopted by reference into state rules, owners and/or operators of facilities where used oil is generated, processed, transported, or burned must comply with certain spill prevention, control and countermeasures.
A used oil generator is any person, by site, whose act or process produces used oil or whose act first causes the used oil to be regulated. Generators subject to used oil regulations include businesses, governments, schools, and equipment maintenance facilities. Examples include vehicle repair shops, service stations, motor pools, tax, bus, or delivery fleets, city, tate or county road maintenance fleets, and shipyards. Idaho has more than 1,000 regulated used oil generators.
People who change their own oil (do-it-yourselfers) are not considered generators. Also exempt are farmers who generate an average of 25 gallons per month or less of used oil from vehicles or machinery used on the farm during a calendar year.
Used oil generators must:
Used oil may NOT be applied as a dust suppressant at any time (40 CFR 279.82).
Generators are encouraged to follow these practices:
The greatest economic and environmental benefit can be realized by reducing the amount of waste produced. Try to reduce the amount of waste you produce first, then look for ways to recycle waste that can’t be eliminated.
You can also help protect Idaho's environment by collecting do-it-yourself used oil at your facility. Service stations that collect used oil from do-it-yourselfers and send it off-site for recycling are not liable for emergency response costs or damages resulting from threatened or actual releases of used oil resulting from subsequent handling of the oil.
Additional record-keeping, reporting, and other specific regulations apply to transporters, marketers, and burners of used oil. Learn more.
Hazardous Waste Compliance ManagerNatalie CloughDEQ State OfficeWaste Management & Remediation Division1410 N. HiltonBoise, ID 83706(208) email@example.com
Your Guide to Idaho's Regulations for Used-Oil Generators (May 2012)
Your Guide to Idaho's Regulations for Burners of Off-Specification Use Oil (May 2012)
Your Guide to Idaho's Regulations for Transporters of Oil (May 2012)
Your Guide to Idaho's Regulations for Marketers of Used Oil (May 2012)
Burning Used Oil (November 2011)
Small Business Information: Important Clarifications Regarding Burning Used Oil (July 2007)
Used Oil Management Program
Managing Used Oil: Advice for Small Businesses
Used Oil Regulations (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Part 279)
Pollution PreventionHow to Determine Your Generator Status