Final Hazardous Waste E-Manifest Rule Published


Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: US Environmental Protection Agency

On Friday, February 7, the final hazardous waste e-manifest rule was published in the Federal Register. 

A law enacted by Congress on October 12, 2012 -- The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act -- required EPA to issue a regulation authorizing the use of electronic manifests by October 5, 2013.  (EPA wrote that it “worked rigorously to meet the October 2013 statutory milestone, but promulgating a final rule in the one-year timeframe directed by the Act was an ambitious undertaking, given potential opportunities for delay inherent in any regulatory development process. EPA, however, considers the promulgation of this One Year Rule a few months after the statutory deadline to be a clear success.”)  The Agency estimates that the national e-Manifest system will ultimately reduce the burden associated with preparing shipping manifests by between 300,000 and 700,000 hours, and result in cost savings of more than $75 million per year for states and industry.

Hazardous waste handlers cannot begin tracking their hazardous waste shipments electronically until the system is finalized; the new law  calls for the system to be online by October 5, 2015.

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