EPA Proposes RCRA Rules Easing Standards for Pharmaceutical Wastes and Revising Generator Standards By Chris Bryant Senior Regulatory Analyst Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. EPA on August 31, 2015, proposed two rules under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) that would alter fundamentally the hazardous waste regulatory program. One rule eases the standards for healthcare facilities that dispose of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, while the other proposes some three score of revisions to the requirements for generators of hazardous waste. The rules will be published in the Federal Register shortly, and EPA will take public comment on them for 60 days. Both rules are less stringent than the existing hazardous waste regulations. If promulgated in final, RCRA-authorized states thus would not be required to adopt the rules. Pre-publication copies of the rules are available online.
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