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US EPA considers exemptions for recycling hazardous waste

The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing a 2011 proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency that would exempt certain recycled materials from hazardous waste regulation.


The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing a 2011 proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency that would exempt certain recycled materials from hazardous waste regulation.

The 2011 proposal indicated that the revisions would impact 6,500 to 9,100 industrial facilities and impose costs ranging from $7.2 million to $47.5 million annually. The revisions would increase accountability and oversight of hazardous materials under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

The EPA found more than 200 instances of environmental damage due to waste recycling with less stringent storage standards, reduced oversight in the hazardous secondary material recycling process and limited access to public information and participation in the recycling process.


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