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Subject: [DCHAS-L] [solid-and-hazardous-waste] U.S. EPA Solid and Hazardous Waste February 2018 Listserv Message
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2018 12:23:06 -0500
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The Electronic Manifest (e-Manifest) Updates below are likely to be of wide interest.

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Subject: [solid-and-hazardous-waste] U.S. EPA Solid and Hazardous Waste February 2018 Listserv Message
Date: February 7, 2018 at 12:08:57 PM GMT-5

U.S. EPA's Solid and Hazardous Waste Listserv

February 7, 2018

The purpose of this listserv is to provide stakeholders with updates about the federal solid and hazardous waste programs. This listserv is used to send out announcements about rulemakings, upcoming webinars, guidance documents, open comment periods and other related communications.

Below are some recent announcements:

EPA Will Hold a Public Hearing on Oklahoma's Coal Combustion Residuals Permit Program on February 13, 2018

EPA is proposing to approve the application submitted by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) to allow the Oklahoma Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) state permit program to operate in lieu of the Federal CCR program. EPA is holding a public hearing on the proposed program approval.

This public hearing will begin at 9 a.m. and will be held at the ODEQ building located at 707 N. Robinson Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Check out our web page about the public hearing for more information about the hearing and to pre-register:

For more information about Oklahoma's submission visit the following web page here:

EPA Adds Other Treated Railroad Ties to the Categorical Non-Waste Fuel List

With the Other Treated Railroad Ties final rule, EPA has added three more types of railroad ties to the list of non-waste fuels. They are processed creosote-borate, copper naphthenate and copper naphthenate-borate treated railroad ties, provided they are burned in certain combustion units. Persons burning these materials no longer need to evaluate them on a case-by-case basis to determine whether they are waste or non-wastes, and can combust them as fuels in units meeting Clean Air Act Section 112 standards.

More information about the final rule can be found here:

EPA Decides Not to Issue Financial Responsibility Requirements for Hardrock Mining and Mineral Processing Facilities

Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA, or Superfund) gives EPA the authority to require that classes of facilities establish and maintain evidence of financial responsibility to cover the costs associated with releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances from their facilities.

On December 1, 2017, EPA announced its decision not to issue final regulations for financial responsibility requirements for the hardrock mining and mineral processing facilities. After careful analysis of public comments, the statutory authority, and the record for this rulemaking, EPA concluded the degree and duration of risk associated with the modern production, transportation, treatment, storage or disposal of hazardous substances by the hardrock mining industry does not present a level of risk of taxpayer funded response actions that warrant imposition of financial responsibility requirements under CERCLA for this sector.

Learn more about the final action and view a pre-publication version of the final action pending publication in the federal register here:

Electronic Manifest (e-Manifest) Updates

EPA Issues e-Manifest User Fee Final Rule

On December 20th, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed the final rule for setting and revising fees for users of the e-Manifest system. This final e-Manifest User Fee Rule now completes the regulatory framework for implementing Congress' Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act (e-Manifest Act) of 2012, which authorizes EPA to implement a national system and collect user fees to recover the costs of developing and operating the system. Learn more about the final e-Manifest User Fee Rule, including the pre-publication version of the final rule here:

EPA Issues Release 2 of the e-Manifest System

EPA recently issued Release 2 of the e-Manifest system, which incorporates input from extensive and early user testing of the system and includes key functionalities, such as the ability for generators to sign manifests electronically; for states to access data; and for users to correct manifests. Release 2 also provides an opportunity to participate in our user testing. To register for e-Manifest and test the system, visit:

EPA Launches New e-Manifest Website

In December, e-Manifest launched a new website: The new website is a one stop shop for all things e-Manifest, including Advisory Board information, how to participate in User Testing, information about webinars and frequent questions about the system and development.

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