Note additional locations. - Ralph Date: Mon, 3 May 2004 11:22:01 -0400 From: "Balf, Thomas P."
Subject: Reminder May 4th Public Meetings on Hazardous Waste Generator Program A reminder that EPA will host a "RCRA Generator Listening Session" in Boston tomorrow (May 4th) from 9 - 5 at the Tip O'Neill Building at 10 Causeway Street (next to North Station). Files are attached and/or go to the EPA link (http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/gener/init/index.htm) to register for the meeting. I hope to be there in the afternoon, although I do not plan on speaking. I encourage C2E2ers to attend/speak or submit comments. If you wish to share your views through the C2E2, please send me your comments via email or phone, and we can try put together a response from the C2E2. We (C2E2) have been focusing more closley on efforts to address the lab questions ("when is a waste a waste") via a separate rulemaking and will report on that to the group next week. Tom Public Meetings on Hazardous Waste Generator Program Attached for your information is a copy of the Federal Register Notice announcing a series of public meetings EPA's Office of Solid Waste is holding in May 2004 to obtain input from its many stakeholders on the effectiveness of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA's) hazardous waste generator regulatory program, as well as to identify areas for improvement. (Also attached is a copy of the actual Federal Register Notice that appeared in the Federal Register on April 16, 2004.) There are over 130,000 hazardous waste large and small quantity generators in this country. These generators are the everyday stewards of hazardous waste management responsible for ensuring that their hazardous waste is managed safely from "cradle to grave." With the information collected, we will evaluate and determine whether changes to the hazardous waste generator program are appropriate, and if so, develop and implement a hazardous waste generator program strategy with the goals of fostering: improved program effectiveness, a pollution prevention stewardship philosophy, and reducing compliance cost, where practicable. The meetings are scheduled to run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but EPA may adjust the schedule based on actual registration data. EPA strongly encourages participants to register as each meeting location has associated capacity limits. Participants are requested to register at least seven days in advance of a meeting. Speakers may register on-line at: www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/gener/init/index.htm The meetings will be held in the following cities. Specific locations are found in the Federal Register Notice. DATE PLACE CAPACITY May 4, 2004 Boston, MA 200 May 13, 2004 Washington, D.C. 136 May 17, 2004 Chicago, IL 300 May 24, 2004 Seattle, WA 250 Interested parties are encouraged to participate since these meetings are public opportunities to provide information to the Agency that can ultimately improve EPA's hazardous waste generator regulatory program. For those planning to attend, please register early since seating is limited, particuarly in Washington, D.C. Oral comments will be limited to 2 minutes each. Any member of the public may file a written statement in addition to presenting oral comments. Address inquiries to Jim O'Leary by email, Oleary.jim**At_Symbol_Here**epa.gov; by phone, 703-308-8827; or by fax 703-308-0514. More information about hazardous waste generators is also available on the internet at: < http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer.hazwaste/gener/index.htm>
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