EPA Revises RCRA Definition of Solid Waste

imagesCAYCLIKPOn December 10 2014, EPA pre-published certain revisions to RCRA’s definition of solid waste. This is a pre-published version of the final rule that EPA is submitting for publication in the Federal Register. The final rule is of greatest impact to the manufacturing sector.  Those areas of the manufacturing sector impacted the most by this final rule consist of metals, metal products, machinery, computer & electronics, electrical equipment, transportation equipment, furniture, wood products, paper, printing, petroleum & coal products, chemicals plastics and rubber products, and nonmetallic mineral products, and other miscellaneous manufacturing sectors. The final rule would also have more limited applicability on the public administration factor and the professional, scientific, technical sectors.

First, the rule revises the exclusion for Hazardous Secondary Materials (HSMs) that are legitimately reclaimed under the control of the generator. The revisions include: (1) adding a codified definition of “contained,” (2)  adding recordkeeping requirements for same-company and toll manufacturing reclamation; (3) making notification a condition of the exclusion; (4) adding a requirement to document that recycling under the exclusion is legitimate; and (5) adding emergency preparedness and response conditions. (more…)

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Business Law Resource of the Week: Small Business Trends

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Law and business are my passions, so I follow a number of business and legal blogs to discover new information and ideas. I like to share interesting pieces that I come across, and I find myself passing along articles from Small Business Trends frequently.

Small Business Trends is a business blog that has grown so much that it has the feel of an online magazine. It was founded nearly a decade ago, which as I noted in this review of the China Law Blog is a long time in blog years. (more…)

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