EPA Withdraws Bush-Era Fuel Emissions Exemption

Law360, New York (June 8, 2010, 7:23 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that it had withdrawn a controversial Bush administration rule that made certain manufacturing byproducts used for fuel exempt from hazardous waste regulations.

The rule, which was finalized in December 2008, sought to remove regulatory costs by reclassifying fuels that would otherwise be regulated as hazardous waste but generate emissions similar to fuel oil when burned.

Known as the Emission Comparable Fuels rule, it went into effect the day President Barack Obama took office, and it was criticized for its...
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