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Hazardous Waste Export/Import Requirements Amended

Posted on 12/1/2016 by Roger Marks

The long-awaited Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule wasn’t the only Final Rule EPA posted to the Federal Register last week. In addition to the major re-work of the RCRA hazardous waste rules, EPA posted a Final Rule to amend the export/import requirements for transboundary shipments of hazardous waste.

Hazardous waste import export rulesLion News summarized the Final Rule when EPA signed it last month. In short, the new hazardous waste export/import requirements make the RCRA requirements in 40 CFR 262 more consistent with the standards of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The Final Rule, which will take effect December 31, 2016, requires electronic submission of export- and import-related documents and electronic consent in the US Customers and Border Protection’s Automated Export System (AES) for each export shipment subject to RCRA export consent requirements.

Read more about the Final Rule here.

The revisions in the Final Rule will not affect existing bilateral agreements between the US and Canada, the US and Mexico, or the import-only bilateral agreements between the US and Malaysia, Costa Rica, and the Philippines.   

See the full Final Rule in the Federal Register here.


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