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Proper Disposal

epa prohibits confidentiality
claims for hazardous waste docs
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In December 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) issued a final rule prohibiting entities from asserting
claims of confidential business information (CBI) for certain
documents related to the export, import and transit of hazardous waste. Manufacturers that have historically relied on
assertions of CBI should be aware of this change. The new rule
is discussed below.
Background
In November 2016, EPA proposed revisions to the Resource Conservation
and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules governing imports and exports of hazardous waste and certain other mate8

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rials regulated under RCRA. EPA did
so to "strengthen public accessibility
and transparency of import and export-related documentation to better monitor proper compliance with
EPA's hazardous waste regulations

and help ensure that hazardous waste
shipments are properly received and
disposed." 81 Fed. Reg. 85459. RCRA, of
course, governs the shipment of hazardous waste within the United States
and with other countries.
The proposal was intended to
achieve two primary goals. First,
EPA wished to apply confidentiality determinations in a way that prevented persons from asserting CBI
claims for documents relating to the
export, import and transit of hazardous waste and excluded cathode ray
tubes (CRT). Second, EPA wished to
require exporters of hazardous waste
and receiving facilities recycling and
disposing hazardous waste from foreign sources to maintain a publicly accessible website to upload documents
regarding the confirmation of receipt
and confirmation of completed recovery or disposal of hazardous waste export and import shipments.
Manifests contain similar information as that required by the documents related to the export, import
and transit of hazardous waste. EPA
cited in the final CBI rule its 2014 final
rule on electronic manifests in which
EPA staked out a categorical determination for individual RCRA hazardous
waste manifest records and aggregate
data. EPA concluded that information
contained in individual manifested
records and aggregate data are essentially public information and ineligible for CBI treatment. EPA states that
because the information contained
in RCRA hazardous waste manifests
is largely similar to the information
contained in hazardous waste export
and import documents, EPA concluded that application of confidentiality
determinations in this action is consistent with the determination that
electronic manifests are not CBI.
EPA also stated that it believes that


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