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Flexo Sustainable : Year-End 2013
Wiping The Slate Clean New Federal Rule Aligns Regulations Nationwide By Doreen M. Monteleone, Ph.D. and George Fickau The 2013 Federal Solvent Contaminated Wipes Rule provides a consistent regulatory framework for the handling of solvent contaminated wipes in the United States. It was developed to be suitable for the level of risk posed by these wipes in a way that protects human health and the environment, while reducing overall compliance costs for the industry. This final rule goes into effect on Jan. 31, 2014. The effort goes back to the 1980s when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received rulemaking petitions that requested disposable and reusable wipes be excluded from hazardous waste regulation that, based on the risks solvent contaminated wipes pose, was too stringent. The final rule is based on the EPA’s risk analysis (peer reviewed in 2008 and published for public comment in 2009) and demonstrates that wipes contaminated with certain hazardous solvents do not pose significant risks to human health and the environment when managed under reduced regulatory requirements. The recently passed 2013 Solvent Contaminated Wipes Rule conditionally excludes wipes that are contaminated with solvents from certain hazardous waste requirements. Specif- ically, the rule modifies regulations under the Resource Con- servation and Recovery Act (RCRA) for solvent contaminated wipes that are cleaned and reused at industrial laundries or dry cleaners and for wipes sent for disposal to a municipal solid waste landfill or solid waste combustor. APPLICABILITY A solvent contaminated wipe is one that, after use or after cleaning up a spill, contains a solvent that would be consid- ered hazardous waste either because it is listed in the haz- www.flexomag.com YEAR END 2013 Sustainable FLEXO 9
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