[Sqg-program] Proposed Rule Review and Request for Comments - Extension of Comment Period

Perrigan, Glen Glen.Perrigan at dep.state.fl.us
Mon Nov 9 08:54:01 EST 2015


Subject: Proposed Rule Review and Request for Comments - Extension of Comment Period

November 5, 2015 (80 FR 68491) -- Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is announcing an extension to the comment period for the proposed rule on the management and disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals published in the Federal Register on September 25, 2015. EPA is proposing new hazardous waste pharmaceutical regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to improve compliance and thereby enhance protection of human health and the environment. Specifically, EPA proposed to revise the regulations to improve the management and disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and tailor them to address the specific issues that hospitals, pharmacies and other healthcare-related facilities face. The revisions are also intended to clarify the regulation of the reverse distribution mechanism used by healthcare facilities for the management of unused and/or expired pharmaceuticals. The comment period is being extended to December 24, 2015.

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule published September 25, 2015 (80 FR 58014) must be received on or before December 24, 2015.

COMMENTS DUE:  To Tallahassee by Wednesday, November 25, 2015

From: Horlick, Susan
Sent: Friday, September 25, 2015 2:16 PM
To: Kiger, Wayne; McBride, Ashanti; Ray, Steve; Tedder, Richard; Tenace, Laurie; White, Kirk; Bayly, Karen; Bentzen, Danielle; Byer, James; Chisolm, Jack; Eckoff, Michael; Fitzsimmons, Michael; 'Goddard, Charles'; Kantor, Karen E.; Knauss, Elizabeth; Lubozynski, Tom; Lurix, Joe; Miller, Gary; Patel, Ashwin; Russell, Edward; Valade, Vicky; 'Valin, Debby'; Watkins, Aaron; White, John; Winston, Kathy; Ashwood, Janet; Bahr, Tim; Baker, Bryan; Carrie Kruchell; Horlick, Susan; Kothur, Bheem; Perrigan, Glen; Rainey, Julie C.; Russell, Merlin; Tripp, Anthony
Subject: Proposed Rule Review and Request for Comments

September 25, 2015 (80 FR 58014) -- Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals; Proposed rule.

SUMMARY: Some pharmaceuticals are regulated as hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) when discarded. Healthcare
facilities that generate hazardous waste pharmaceuticals as well as associated facilities have reported difficulties complying with the Subtitle C hazardous waste regulations for a number of reasons. First, healthcare workers, whose primary focus is to provide care for patients, are not knowledgeable about the RCRA
hazardous waste regulations, but are often involved in the implementation of the regulations. Second, a healthcare facility can have thousands of items in
its formulary, making it difficult to ascertain which ones are hazardous wastes when disposed. Third, some active pharmaceutical ingredients are listed as acute hazardous wastes, which are regulated in small amounts. To facilitate compliance and to respond to these concerns, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is proposing to revise the regulations to improve the management and disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and tailor them to address the specific issues that hospitals, pharmacies and other healthcare-related facilities face. The revisions are also intended to clarify the regulation of the reverse distribution mechanism used by healthcare facilities for the management of unused and/or expired pharmaceuticals.

DATES: Comments must be received at EPA on or before November 24, 2015.

COMMENTS DUE:  To Tallahassee by Friday- October 23, 2015


Susan Horlick
Environmental Specialist III
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Hazardous Waste Program & Permitting
Phone (850)-245-8778
FAX (850) 245-8803
Susan.Horlick at dep.state.fl.us<mailto:Susan.Horlick at dep.state.fl.us>


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