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Compliance Guide Update Service November 2016

 

November 28

 

Environmental Protection Agency

 

Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule FR 81 40 CFR Parts 257, 258, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 267, 268, 270, 271, 273 and 279. 85732-85829 Final Rule

 

Notice of Proposed rulemaking; Request for comments

 

Summary: With this action, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing revisions to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s (RCRA) hazardous waste generator regulatory program proposed on September 25, 2015. There are several objectives to these revisions. They include reorganizing the hazardous waste generator regulations to make them more user-friendly and thus improve their usability by the regulated community; providing a better understanding of how the RCRA hazardous waste generator regulatory program works; addressing gaps in the existing regulations to strengthen environmental protection; providing greater flexibility for hazardous waste generators to manage their hazardous waste in a cost-effective and protective manner; and making technical corrections and conforming changes to address inadvertent errors and remove obsolete references to programs that no longer exist. This final rule responds to the comments of EPA stakeholders, taking into consideration the mission of EPA and the goals of RCRA.

 

Dates: This final rule is effective on May 30, 2017. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the regulations is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of May 30, 2017.

 

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November 28

 

Environmental Protection Agency

 

Hazardous Waste Export-Import Revisions

FR 81 40 CFR Parts 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 271

and 272. 85696-85729 Final Rule

 

Notice of Proposed rulemaking; Request for comments

 

Summary: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending existing regulations regarding the export and import of hazardous wastes from and into the United States. EPA is making these changes to: Provide greater protection to human health and the environment by making existing export and import related requirements more consistent with the current import- export requirements for shipments between members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); enable electronic submittal to EPA of all export and import-related documents (e.g., export notices, export annual reports); and enable electronic validation of consent in the Automated Export System (AES) for export shipments subject to RCRA export consent requirements prior to exit. The AES resides in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

 

Dates: This final rule is effective on December 31, 2016.

 

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November 21

 

Department Of Transportation

 

Hazardous Materials: Pipes act Requirements for Identification Numbers on Cargo Tanks Containing Petroleum Based Fuel FR 81 49 CFR Part 172 83190-83195 Advance notice of proposed rulemaking.

 

Notice of Proposed rulemaking; Request for comments

 

Summary: PHMSA is publishing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in response to the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016, which reauthorizes the pipeline safety program and requires a number of reports and mandates. The PIPES Act requires PHMSA to take regulatory actions to establish minimum safety standards for underground natural gas storage facilities; to update the minimum safety standards for permanent, small scale liquefied natural gas pipeline facilities; and to publish an ANPRM to address a petition for rulemaking proposing hazardous materials regulations related to the marking of identification numbers on cargo tanks. This ANPRM specifically addresses the PIPES Act requirement applicable to the petition for rulemaking related to the marking of identification numbers on cargo tanks. PHMSA will consider the comments, data, and information received in any future action related to the petition.

 

Dates: Comments must be received by February 21, 2017.

 

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