Resident Inspector Program
The Resident Inspector Program was created by Session Law 1989-1082 enacted in July 1990 and began operation in 1991, in the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (NCDENR) Division of Waste Management. The Resident Inspector Program was established "... to enhance the ability of the department to protect the public health and the environment by providing the department with the authority and resources necessary to maintain a rigorous inspection and enforcement program at commercial hazardous waste facilities" [G.S. 130A-295.02(f)].
Under the program, commercial facilities, which receive and process a wide variety of hazardous waste from large quantity, small quantity and conditionally exempt small quantity generators, are subject to a minimum inspection frequency of two, four, six, eight or ten times per month. The frequency of the inspections at each facility is dependent upon its qualification as a "special purpose" commercial hazardous waste facility and the category ranking assigned to it, which is based on such factors as the capacity of the facility, the nature of the hazardous waste, the type and complexity of treatment being performed, characteristics of the facility location and facility compliance history.
The Resident Inspector Program utilizes a multimedia approach in its inspections which cover all regulatory responsibilities for which DENR is authorized, such as hazardous waste management and treatment requirements, workplace safety, air emissions requirements, wastewater treatment and discharge requirements. Resident inspectors also evaluate the commercial facilities for potential violations in other regulatory areas, such as, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Act and the Department of Transportation's hazardous materials transportation regulations, and when necessary, they make recommendations to the facilities and/or make referrals to the authorized agency or agencies.
Jim Gilreath (919) 707-8217