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Subject: [DCHAS-L] EPA RCRA News: Check out our December Highlights!
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:31:27 -0500
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December 2019
Solid and Hazardous
Waste Listserv
This months highlights include a January Virtual Public Hearing, Alternative Technologies Report, Aerosol Cans Final Rule and some memos!

The purpose of this listserv is to provide stakeholders with updates about the federal solid and hazardous waste programs.
Virtual Public Hearing to be Held on the Proposed Revisions to the Coal Ash Closure Regulations 
EPA is proposing amendments to the closure regulations for the disposal of coal combustion residuals in response to the court decisions. In addition to accepting written comments, EPA is holding a virtual public hearing on January 7, 2020 for interested persons to present information, comments or views concerning these proposed changes. 

Learn more about the hearing and register to participate and read a factsheet about these proposed changes translated into several languages.
EPA Issues Report on Alternative Treatment Technologies to Open Burning and Open Detonation of Energetic Hazardous Wastes
EPA published a report identifying treatment technologies that can be used in place of open burning and detonation (OB/OD) of energetic hazardous wastes. This report was developed in response to inquiries EPA has received regarding the availability of alternative treatment technologies and to better understand the state of alternative treatment technologies.  

The report describes alternative technologies that have been developed and their status, the types energetic hazardous wastes a technology can treat and where deployments have occurred. It provides the formative steps for evaluating the efficacy and the pros and cons of the technologies for particular applications. It is intended to serve as an informative resource for permit agencies, owner/operators and others when identifying and evaluating treatment options for energetic hazardous wastes. 

Read the full report for additional information.
EPA Finalizes Streamlined System for Managing Recycling Aerosol Cans
In a final rule signed on November 15, 2019, America Recycles Day, EPA added aerosol cans to the list of materials that can be managed under the universal waste management system. The simplified structure of the universal waste program will help improve regulatory compliance, make aerosol can collection more economical and facilitate the environmentally sound recycling of this common waste stream. 

EPA anticipates that this final rule will promote greater consistency for the regulated community as several states already include aerosol cans in their universal waste programs. The final rule offers a more uniform, nationwide handling system and furthers our effective partnerships with states and tribes by making it easier for other states to add this waste stream to their universal waste programs. Additionally, EPA expects that this regulatory change will reduce the quantity of waste aerosol cans going to municipal solid waste landfills or waste combustors by promoting their collection and recycling.  

Check out additional information about this final rule.
Two New Memos Highlighting Intermediate Care Facilities and Reverse Distribution and Reverse Logistics

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