EPA Proposes New Definition of Solid Waste Rule


Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) US Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its new Definition of Solid Waste Proposed rule in the Federal Register on July 22. Comments on the proposal will be due on September 20. 

The major changes in the proposal include:

  • Replacing the transfer-based exclusion with alternate hazardous recyclable materials standard;
  • Adding a regulatory definition of “contained” and additional recordkeeping requirements for the generator-controlled exclusion;
  • Making all four legitimacy factors mandatory and requiring documentation;
  • Applying the regulatory definition of legitimate recycling to all hazardous waste and hazardous secondary material recycling; and
  • Requesting comment on applying the contained standard, notification, and recordkeeping for speculative accumulation to existing recycling exclusions

EPA is planning on holding webinars and two public meetings to allow for public comment on the proposal. 

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