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LYNN L. BERGESON | COLUMN BY

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Discussion
The final rule is effective on June 26,
2018. Commercial entities and other
stakeholders will need to review their
operations carefully. It is important
that these operations ensure all commercial, legal and other documents
and agreements are aligned with the
new requirements that disallow CBI
claims for the categories of documents noted above.
Planning now will ensure no surprises come the effective date. mt

K AYS ENGINEERING

In the final rule issued on Dec. 26,
2017, EPA adopted all the proposed
provisions in final with the exception
of the proposed Internet posting requirements applicable to exporters
and receiving facilities of hazardous
waste from foreign sources upload
confirmations of recovery or disposal
on their websites. EPA stated that the
proposed requirement was intended
to be in effect on a temporary basis
while EPA develops its Waste Import
Export Tracking System (WIETS) to
be able to receive electronic submittals of confirmation or receipt and
confirmations of recovery or disposal. In recognition of the fact that the
Internet positing requirement would
be superseded when exporters and receiving facilities are required to submit confirmations electronically, EPA
decided to avoid what it characterized
as the "potential confusion" that may
result from requiring companies to
upload documents on their websites
on a temporary basis.

6. Documents related to the export and import of non-crushed
spent lead acid batteries (SLAB)
with intact casings, under Part
266 subpart G, including notifications of intent to export SLABs;
7. Submissions from transporters
under Part 263, or from treatment, storage, or disposal facilities under Parts 264 and 265,
related to exports or imports of
hazardous waste, including receiving facility notices of the need
to arrange alternate management
or return of an import shipment under 40 C.F.R. Sections
264.12(a) and 265.12(a);
8. Documents related to the export
and import of RCRA universal
waste under Part 273, subparts B,
C, D, and F; and
9. Documents required under Part
262, subparts E, F, and H and
submitted in accordance with
consents issued prior to December 31, 2016.

S U P P LY C H A I N

Final Rule

In all other respects, the final rule
mirrors the proposed rule. After June
25, 2018, no party may claim CBI for
ten categories of documents relating
to its notifications of intent to export
or other information related to the
export of hazardous waste. These categories include:
1. Documents related to the export
of RCRA hazardous waste under
Part 262, subpart H, including but
not limited to the notifications of
intent to export, contracts submitted in response to requests
for supplemental information
from countries of import or transit, RCRA manifests, annual reports, EPA acknowledgements
of consent, any subsequent communication withdrawing a prior
consent or objection, responses
that neither consent nor object,
exception reports, transit notifications, and re-notifications;
2. Documents related to the import
of hazardous waste, under Part
262, subpart H, including contracts and notifications of intent
to import hazardous waste into
the United States from foreign
countries or U.S. importers;
3. Documents related to the confirmation of receipt and confirmation of recovery or disposal of
hazardous waste exports and imports, under Part 262, subpart H;
4. Documents related to the transit
of hazardous waste, under Part
262, subpart H, including notifications from U.S. exporters of
intent to transit through foreign
countries, or notifications from
foreign countries of intent to
transit in the United States;
5. Documents related to the export
of CRTs under Part 261, subpart
E, including notifications of intent to export CRTs;

B UY AMERICAN

any CBI claim that might be asserted
with respect to the hazardous waste
documents within the scope of this
action would be extremely difficult
to sustain under the substantive CBI
criteria set forth in EPA's CBI regulations under 40 C.F.R. Part 2, Subpart B. To substantiate a CBI claim,
a business must also show that the
information is not, and has not been,
reasonably obtainable without the
business' consent by other persons
by use of legitimate means. Because
the export and import documents are
shared with several commercial entities throughout the chain of custody
of a hazardous waste shipment, EPA
determined that the information is
easily accessible to other parties without the business' explicit consent.

Lynn L. Bergeson is Managing Partner of Bergeson & Campbell,
P.C. (B&C®), a Washington, D.C. law firm focusing on conventional,
nanoscale and bio-based industrial, agricultural and specialty chemical product regulation and approval matters; environmental health
and safety law; chemical product litigation; and associated business
counseling and litigation issues. Bergeson is President of The Acta
Group (Acta®), with offices in Washington, D.C., Manchester, UK,
and Beijing, China, and President of B&C® Consortia Management
LLC (BCCM) with offices in Washington, D.C. Visit www.lawbc.com
for more information.

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