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[United States]
Posted on : Oct 08, 2008
A final rule under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act in the United
States, streamlines regulation of hazardous secondary materials when they are
recycled by reclamation. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
the regulation maintains strong protection of human health and the environment
by limiting the streamlined requirements to specific, legitimate recycling
activities.

'Removing barriers to legitimate recycling is good for business and the
environment,' says Susan Parker Bodine, assistant administrator for the Office
of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. 'This rule will help conserve natural
resources, save energy, and, reduce costs.'

The rule excludes materials from the federal hazardous waste system that are:



• generated and legitimately reclaimed under the control of the generator;

• generated and transferred to another company for legitimate reclamation under
specific conditions; or

• determined by EPA or an authorized state to be non-wastes on a case-by-case
basis via a petition process.


The rule also contains a provision to determine which recycling activities are
legitimate under the new exclusions and non-waste determinations. These
exclusions are not available for materials that are considered inherently
waste-like, used in a manner constituting disposal, or burned for energy
recovery.

EPA estimates that about 5,600 facilities handling approximately 1.5 million
tons of hazardous secondary materials annually may be impacted by this rule. The
activities most affected are metals and solvent recycling. EPA estimates that
the regulation will save approximately $95 million per year for the affected
industries.

 
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