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Hazardous Waste Regulations: User-Friendly Reference Documents

Web based documents consist of the regulations themselves, linked to the relevant Federal Register notices, background documents, and previously issued policy letters or guidance memoranda.  The documents do not contain any new requirements, policy, or guidance.

The objective of these documents is to consolidate and streamline the information on these subjects, help EPA staff, state staff,  the regulated community, and the public understand the hazardous waste regulations.

These documents are only a reference and are not to be used as a substitute for the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) itself, or the requirements contained in the CFR. These documents are not a rulemaking. Most states are authorized to manage their own hazardous waste programs. Therefore, states may have their own regulations that apply in lieu of federal regulations, and while most state hazardous waste regulations are based on the federal requirements, some states have developed regulations more stringent than the federal program.

Notice of Availability and Request for Comment on Waste Analysis Plan (WAP) Guidance

EPA is seeking comment on a revision to "Waste Analysis at Facilities That Generate, Treat, Store, and Dispose of Hazardous Wastes: A Guidance Manual". The manual is used to provide guidance on how to develop and implement a Waste Analysis Plan (WAP) suitable for managing hazardous wastes in accordance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), assist federal and state permit writers in evaluating submitted WAPs, and assist enforcement personnel in determining whether a facility is in compliance with their testing requirements. The guidance was last updated in 1994 and requires updating, based on problems that have surfaced in use.

Areas identified as particularly in need of clarification include: design of characterization studies; recharacterization frequency; how to address issues of waste variability; establishing and employing data quality objectives; selection of indicator parameters to reduce testing costs; measurement uncertainty and using statistical concepts to guide the characterization process. The guidance is important in many waste management areas including: Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF) permitting and facility operations, site cleanup, and management of the residuals generated during remediation, responding to disaster incidents, and all other situations dealing with the management of hazardous or potentially hazardous wastes. The updated WAP guidance can potentially make the data collection and evaluation at RCRA Corrective Action and TSDF sites much more effective and efficient and transparent to their respective communities.

The EPA is inviting operating TSDFs, permit writers, trade associations, and environmental groups to provide comments on the updated guidance. Comments will be accepted for 60 days ending April 30, 2013, and should be submitted to Gail Hansen at hansen.gail@epa.gov.

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