Used oils, including crank case motor oil and brake, transmission, power steering, rear axle housing and hydraulic fluids, are managed according to the used oil management standards.
78.8% of Iowans get their drinking water from groundwater sources; only six states rely more on groundwater for a drinking source. Wells are susceptible to contamination from improper use or disposal of used oils, fuels, antifreeze and other automotive fluids.
Used oil that has not been mixed with hazardous waste is exempt from hazardous waste regulation provided it is recycled or burned for energy recovery. The use of used oil or oily waste for dust suppression purposes is specifically banned.
On-Site Storage of used oil must meet the following standards:
1)Containers and storage tanks must be in good condition. 2)Containers must be clearly marked “Used Oil.” 3)Fill pipes for underground used oil storage must be clearly marked “Used Oil.”
A used oil generator is the original producer of the used oil. Recycling options for generators of used oil include the following:
1)Provide used oil to a marketer, in this case the generator is not required to test for used oil fuel specifications. 2)Self-transport in quantities of 55 gallons or less to a state-recognized used oil collection center. 3)Provide used oil directly to a burner, in this case the generator or the burner becomes a marketer and must test for specification parameters. 4)Burn used oil on site in a used oil furnace provided that: a)Oil is generated on site or collected from Do-It-Yourselfers. b)The furnace has a maximum capacity of no more than 0.5 million BTU/hr. c)The furnace is vented to the outside.