EPA Hazardous Waste Rules Planned for 2018

Posted on 1/2/2018 by Roger Marks

US EPA last week released its semiannual Agenda of rulemaking activities, many of which could impact hazardous waste managers and personnel in 2018. Today let’s review those new or changing restrictions and requirements that are most likely to hit the books as Final Rules this year.

To see Final Rules for hazmat shippers coming from US DOT in 2018, click here.


EPA Hazardous Waste Final Rules

Along with many proposed rules planned under various air, water, chemical, and hazardous waste programs, EPA is preparing 2 Final Rules for publication in 2018.

Pharmaceutical Waste Management—RIN 2050-AG39

EPA has been hard at work on a rule to streamline the management and disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals for hospitals, doctor’s offices, care facilities, and other similar sites. Originally proposed in September 2015, the Final Rule is now expected in July 2018.

pharma_RCRa.jpgThe Final Rule, as proposed, will provide some regulatory relief for facilities that manage hazardous waste pharmaceuticals under the 40 CFR Part 262 hazardous waste requirements today. Among other things, it will allow generators to exclude pharmaceutical hazardous wastes from counting toward generator status, create new rules for reverse distributors, add a one-time hazardous waste notification for healthcare facilities, and more.

Electronic Hazardous Waste Manifest
(e-Manifest)—RIN 2050-AG80

If you haven’t heard by now, Hazardous Waste Manifests are going all-digital, eventually. EPA has been working on a set of regulations and a fee schedule for its electronic hazardous waste manifest program since at least 2014.

EPA reports that hazardous waste generators, transporters, and TSDFs can expect a final “e-Manifest” rule in early 2018.

Do you sign the Hazardous Waste Manifest? If you ship hazardous waste, you must have DOT hazmat training. Read more here.  

Learn the New RCRA Rules for 2018

New RCRA hazardous waste rules under EPA’s “Generator Improvements” are in effect now, and could be adopted by your state at any time—if they haven’t been already.  Be confident you know what’s changing and how to keep your site’s waste in full compliance with RCRA.
At, find initial or refresher RCRA training options to meet EPA’s annual RCRA training mandate now found at 40 CFR 262.17 (formerly at 262.34 and 265.16). 

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