EPA Proposes Stricter Hazardous Waste Recycling Rule

Law360, New York (July 6, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday unveiled proposed changes to a hazardous waste rule that came under fire for potentially endangering disadvantaged communities found near contamination sources.

The EPA worked to modify the rule after reaching a settlement in the D.C. Circuit with the Sierra Club and other environmental organizations that challenged the agency's decision in October 2008 to relax regulations for certain hazardous materials and to reclassify them as recyclable waste.

The green groups argued the less stringent rule put members of low-income and...
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