RCRA: Relaxing Regulation Of Recycled Materials

Law360, New York (November 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- After many years of effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new, complex set of regulations that exempt certain materials from the definition of “solid waste” when they are recycled. Materials that are not solid wastes are not subject to regulation as hazardous wastes.

The primary purpose of the regulations is to “encourage and expand the safe, beneficial recycling of additional hazardous secondary materials.”

The EPA projects that these rules will deregulate or reduce regulation of approximately 1.5 million tons of hazardous wastes annually,...
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