RILA welcomed EPA’s proposals on waste management regulations related to retailers’ handling of unsold consumer products

Arlington, VA, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) welcomed two proposals from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday that update waste management regulations related to the handling of unsold consumer products by retailers.

The EPA’s proposed Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements rules address compliance challenges for retailers stemming from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). RCRA applies to large scale manufacturing plants that generate more significant quantities of hazardous wastes, as well as to the very small percentage of unsold consumer products that may be recycled, reused or otherwise discarded from a retail store. Nearly all of these products are sold to consumers and are either consumed or disposed of without additional regulation.

Specifically the proposed rules:

Allow a hazardous waste generator to avoid increased burdens of a higher generator status when generating large quantities of waste episodically, such as obsolete, outdated or seasonal product, provided the episodic waste is properly managed; and

Allow a conditionally exempt small quantity generator to send its hazardous waste to a “large quantity generator” under its control, provided certain conditions are met, thereby eliminating the disproportionate regulatory burdens of a higher generator status at store-level.

“RILA welcomes these long-awaited and commonsense proposals to ease the burden on retailers who want to implement good waste management practices,” said Sue Pifer, vice president of compliance at RILA. “This is an important step forward and we look forward to reviewing the proposal further and providing additional comments to the EPA.”

RILA led a coalition of retailers to explain the challenges of complying with RCRA and many of the issues raised by the coalition were addressed in the proposed rules. RILA’s comments to the EPA’s initial proposals were submitted in conjunction with the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the National Retail Federation (NRF).

For more information on the proposed rules, visit here and here.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers.

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Brian Dodge
Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

Retail Industry Leaders Association appointments: Sue Pifer as the Vice President of Compliance and Tiffin Shewmake as the Director of the Center for Retail Compliance

Executives Will Be Tasked With Overseeing Completion Of Comprehensive Retail Industry Compliance Tool

Arlington, VA, 2014-9-19— /EPR Retail News/ — Today the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced the addition of two executives.  Sue Pifer will join the association as the Vice President of Compliance and Tiffin Shewmake as the Director of the Center for Retail Compliance (CRC).

“The experience and skills that Sue and Tiffin possess make them uniquely suited for delivering exceptional value to our member companies on a broad range of compliance issues. We are excited to have them join the RILA team,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy.

Once completed, the CRC will be a comprehensive resource center for retail environmental compliance and sustainability information. The CRC will provide retailers and industry stakeholders with access to retail-specific information, tools and solutions pertaining to state and federal environmental regulations.

Pifer joins the association from Meijer, where she served as the Chief Compliance Officer, Legal & Compliance. In her new role, Pifer will be responsible for providing advice, counsel and leadership to a variety of significant compliance functions, including to the CRC, where she will focus on developing a system for vendor-retailer communication with the goal of enhancing environmental compliance.

In addition to her role with the CRC, Pifer will lead several key committees within the association, including the Internal Audit Committee and the Financial Leaders Council, comprised of senior-level audit and finance executives from America’s largest retailers.

Pifer holds a JD and LLM from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Shewmake comes to RILA from Hitachi Consulting, where she was responsible for managing several government contracts focused on sustainable operations, compliance with environment regulations and the development of training programs.  Shewmake will lead the overall development of the CRC, managing a six million dollar budget with the goal of creating a self-sustaining entity within four years. She will also be responsible for the management of the CRC steering committee, working with retail environmental compliance executives to define the role of the CRC in the retail industry.

Shewmake holds a MS in Information Systems from George Mason University.

Both Pifer and Shewmake will report to RILA’s executive vice president and general counsel, Deborah White.

“Sue’s experience leading the compliance program of a major U.S. retailer will make her an outstanding resource for RILA’s member companies,” said White. “Sue’s experience along with Tiffin’s extensive project management experience and understanding of environmental regulatory structures make the two a remarkable team and a significant asset to RILA, the CRC and our members.”

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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Brian Dodge
SVP, Communications & State Affairs
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org