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COLUMN BY | LYNN L. BERGESON

Final Rule

epa signs off on a final rule revising rcra
hazardous waste import/export requirements

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On Oct. 28, 2016, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy
signed a final rule significantly amending the hazardous waste import and export requirements
under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The final rule is expected to have
significant impact on entities exporting for disposal or reclamation certain types of materials, as
discussed below.

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Background
EPA proposed the RCRA regulation revisions in October 2015 to
improve practices governing the
export of hazardous wastes and certain other materials. A key goal of
the proposal was to amend existing
regulations to make them more consistent with the current import-export requirements for shipments
between members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD); enable electronic submittal to EPA of all export and import-related documents
(e.g., export notices, export annual
reports); and enable electronic validation of consent in the Automated Export System (AES) for export
shipments subject to RCRA export
consent requirements prior to exit.
Virtually all import-export shipments of hazardous waste in and out
of the U.S. originate in or are destined
to be exported to other OECD member countries. In addition, the movement of hazardous waste in and out of
the U.S. for recovery or disposal represents approximately one percent of
all U.S. hazardous waste shipments.
For these and other reasons from
EPA's perspective, alignment of EPA's
40 C.F.R. Part 262, Subpart H rules
with OECD requirements was a logical, necessary, and achievable goal.


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