Newport-Mesa businesses are having no problem complying with a new federally mandated form they must fill out when disposing and shipping hazardous waste materials, according to Denise Fennessy, project manager for Orange County's Environmental Health department.
One of the reasons, she said, is the relatively low volume of hazardous materials produced by area businesses.
"Since the changes are only a week old, he [the Newport-Mesa inspector] really hasn't seen any of his businesses that have had to use the new manifest forms yet," Fennessy said. "Businesses are able to store waste, depending on the size and amount of waste, anywhere from 90 to 180 days before they actually have to ship it off."
Companies were required to fill out a form before the new one was released last week, but there are few new components to the form, which was in response to regulations published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year.