EPA to Hold Public Meeting on Definition of Solid Waste

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, on possible revisions to the federal definition of solid waste. The meeting will take place at the EPA Potomac Yards Conference Center in Arlington, Va.

According to an EPA press release, “the DSW rule modified the regulations for recycling hazardous secondary materials to encourage the reclamation of certain hazardous secondary materials to help conserve resources. Since publication of the DSW rule in December 2008, EPA received an administrative petition requesting reconsideration of the rule and a stay of implementation.

“While EPA does not expect to repeal the final rule, the agency believes that there may be opportunities to revise or clarify the rule. In particular, the agency has identified several possible issues for discussion based on stakeholder concerns. These include issues affecting storage requirements, notification provisions, how “legitimate” recycling is determined, and how materials transferred to another party for recycling are regulated. EPA will consider written comments submitted during the public comment period with the same weight as oral comments presented during the public hearing.”

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