New hazardous waste remediation regulations

The US EPA has issued regulations that will make it easier to treat, store and disposal of hazardous remediation waste.


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Introduced as part of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Hazardous Waste Identification Rule for Contaminated Media (the HWIR-Media Rule) will eliminate many of the existing regulatory disincentives to remediation.

The rule will make it easier to obtain permits for treating, storing and disposing of cleanup wastes and make sure that obtaining these permits will not subject owners or operators to corrective action.

The rule will also allow more flexibility in temporarily storing remediation wastes during cleanup, while dredge material will be excluded from RCRA hazardous waste requirements if the wastes are managed under an appropriate permit under the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act or the Clean Water Act.

In addition, states will be able to receive authorisation more easily when they update their RCRA programs to incorporate revisions to the federal RCRA regulations.

Adoption of the requirements of this rule are optional for authorised state RCRA programs because they are less stringent than the existing requirements.

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