US EPA announces changes to hazardous waste import/export regulations

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized changes to existing regulations on export and import and hazardous waste from and into the country. The final rule was signed by Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator on October 28, 2016. The rule will be effective at the federal level and in all states from December 31, 2016. The final rules are expected to provide greater protection to human health and environment. According to EPA, the new regulations address the concerns raised by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. It also brings the US in compliance with its legal obligations under the OECD 2001 Council Decision. The rule provides increased transparency, data sharing and more efficient compliance monitoring for international shipments, it noted.

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