November 11, 2015

Proposed Changes to Import/Export Regulations

On October 19, 2015, EPA proposed significant changes to the regulations covering the import and export of hazardous waste. [80 FR 63284] This proposal would impact any person (including a transporter) who imports or exports hazardous waste for recycling or disposal, including universal waste, spent lead-acid batteries, industrial ethanol, secondary material shipped for precious metal recovery, and cathode ray tubes. The agency’s goal for these proposed changes is to improve the oversight and efficiency of transboundary shipments of hazardous wastes in the following ways:

You can find more details on this proposed rule at EPA’s import/export webpage. Comments on this proposed rule will be accepted until December 18, 2015 under Docket No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2015-0147.


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