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Hazardous Waste Identification Rule for Contaminated Media (HWIR-Media)

Final Rule
Proposed Rule
Information Collection Requests

As part of the President's March 1994 environmental regulatory reform initiative, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing new requirements for Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous remediation wastes treated, stored or disposed of during cleanup actions. These new requirements make five major changes that:

  1. Make permits for treating, storing and disposing of remediation wastes faster and easier to obtain;
  2. Provide that obtaining these permits will not subject the owner and/or operator to facility-wide corrective action;
  3. Create a new kind of unit called a "staging pile" that allows more flexibility in storing remediation waste during cleanup;
  4. Exclude dredged materials from RCRA Subtitle C if they are managed under an appropriate permit under the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act or the Clean Water Act; and
  5. Make it faster and easier for States to receive authorization when they update their RCRA programs to incorporate revisions to the Federal RCRA regulations.

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Federal Register Notice - November 30, 1998 || Federal Register Notice (PDF) (75 pp, 510K) || Text

Environmental Fact Sheet: Final HWIR-Media Rule || Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 14K)

Index for Docket Number F-98-MHWF-FFFFF

Support Materials

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Proposed Rule - April 29, 1996

In a continuing effort to reinvent and streamline environmental regulations, the EPA is releasing for comment a proposed rule which would reexamine many of the RCRA Subtitle C treatment and management standards for contaminated media and other wastes managed in cleanups overseen by EPA or authorized states. EPA anticipates the final rule will accelerate cleanups and reduce their costs.

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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Hazardous Remediation Waste Management Requirements (HWIR-Media) (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1775.05, OMB Control Number 2050-0161

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that EPA is planning to submit the following continuing Information Collection Request (ICR), which is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2005, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB): Hazardous Remediation Waste Management Requirements (HWIR Contaminated Media), EPA ICR Number 1775.04, OMB Control Number 2050–0161. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection.

First Federal Register Notice - January 28, 2009

Supporting materials and public comments for this notice are available below.

To use Regulations.gov:

  1. Select Docket Search.
  2. Select "Environmental Protection Agency" from the Agency drop-down menu.
  3. In the Docket ID box, type in the docket number — EPA-HQ-RCRA-2008-0572 and press the "Submit" button to receive search results. Be patient; loading the documents takes time.

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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Hazardous Remediation Waste Management Requirements (HWIR Contaminated Media), EPA ICR Number 1775.04, OMB Control Number 2050–0161

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that EPA is planning to submit the following continuing Information Collection Request (ICR), which is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2005, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB): Hazardous Remediation Waste Management Requirements (HWIR Contaminated Media), EPA ICR Number 1775.04, OMB Control Number 2050–0161. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection.

First Federal Register Notice - April 14, 2005
Second Federal Register Notice - September 20, 2005

Supporting materials and public comments for this notice are available below.

To use Regulations.gov:

  1. Select Docket Search.
  2. Select "Environmental Protection Agency" from the Agency drop-down menu.
  3. In the Docket ID box, type in the docket number — EPA-HQ-RCRA-2005-0006 and press the "Submit" button to receive search results. Be patient; loading the documents takes time.

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