[Sqg-program] EPA Updates

Perrigan, Glen Glen.Perrigan at FloridaDEP.gov
Thu Nov 21 13:46:19 EST 2019

Some good info to review when you get a chance:

  1.  EPA to add aerosol cans to Universal Waste list. Currently looking into to state adoption.
  2.  New EPA QA on regulation of air bags under interim final rule.
  3.  Additional guidance on reverse distributors and reverse logistics and Intermediate Care Facilities under the Subpart P rule.

Final rule, Increasing Recycling: Adding Aerosol Cans to the Universal Waste Regulations was signed by EPA's Administrator Wheeler on 11.15.2019. It typically takes several weeks after signature before a rule is published in the Federal Register. In the meantime, a pre-publication version of the final rule is available on our website: https://www.epa.gov/hw/increasing-recycling-adding-aerosol-cans-universal-waste-regulations<https://clicktime.symantec.com/3BmFwkz5uG9xpw3eAvkD1PV7Vc?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.epa.gov%2Fhw%2Fincreasing-recycling-adding-aerosol-cans-universal-waste-regulations>
The final rule adds hazardous waste aerosol cans to the list of universal wastes regulated under 40 CFR part 273. The universal waste regulations encompass protective requirements for facilities generating, handling, and transporting certain categories of hazardous waste that are commonly generated by a wide variety of businesses. It also incorporates flexibilities such as additional time to accumulate these wastes. By providing a clear, practical system for handling discarded aerosol cans, this addition will reduce the regulatory costs for businesses generating and managing aerosol cans, including the retail sector. The streamlined standards are also expected to promote the collection and recycling of aerosol cans.

If you would like to receive future updates from ORCR about solid and hazardous waste, sign up for our listserv by sending a blank email to: solid-and-hazardous-waste-subscribe at lists.epa.gov<mailto:solid-and-hazardous-waste-subscribe at lists.epa.gov>

Second, EPA has recently posted a new webpage, Frequent Questions on the Regulation of Airbag Waste, which answers questions both about the implementation of the interim final rule and on past interpretive memos.  Here's a link to the Airbags Rule Frequent Questions page: https://www.epa.gov/hw/frequent-questions-about-regulation-airbag-waste<https://clicktime.symantec.com/3WDhxj2Qf6LtTHNkjFKoACk7Vc?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.epa.gov%2Fhw%2Ffrequent-questions-about-regulation-airbag-waste>

And finally, EPA recently published a memorandum that focuses attention on our regulations on reverse distribution and policy on reverse logistics. These complex systems the retail industry uses to manage the reverse flow of unsold retail items have created questions about when discard occurs and when RCRA regulations apply to these unsold retail items. EPA's regulations on reverse distribution and policy on reverse logistics address and answer these questions in the final rule: Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine<https://clicktime.symantec.com/338vaAqRry1QVo4mGWJLiMD7Vc?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.epa.gov%2Fhwgenerators%2Ffinal-rule-management-standards-hazardous-waste-pharmaceuticals-and-amendment-p075>. To encourage broad dissemination to audiences that might not be aware of the Pharmaceuticals Rule (i.e., businesses that do not meet the definition of healthcare facility or reverse distributor under subpart P), we have excerpted the relevant preamble section and posted it to RCRA Online (RO 14915), as well as its own landing page on EPA's website: https://www.epa.gov/hwgenerators/epas-regulations-reverse-distribution-and-policy-reverse-logistics<https://clicktime.symantec.com/34eAcf46P6CBSAiTT7QTjbk7Vc?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.epa.gov%2Fhwgenerators%2Fepas-regulations-reverse-distribution-and-policy-reverse-logistics>

Glen Perrigan
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Waste/Permitting and Compliance Assistance
Environmental Manager
Glen.Perrigan at FloridaDEP.gov<mailto:Glen.Perrigan at FloridaDEP.gov>
Office: 850-245-8749

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