>Final Rule: EPA Amends Requirements for Transboundary Shipments of Hazardous Waste

>The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that amends certain existing regulations promulgated under the hazardous waste provisions of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regarding hazardous waste exports from and imports into the United States.

Specifically, the amendments implement recent changes to the agreements concerning the transboundary movement of hazardous waste among countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), establish notice and consent requirements for spent lead-acid batteries intended for reclamation in a foreign country, specify that all exception reports concerning hazardous waste exports be sent to the International Compliance and Assurance Division in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance’s Office of Federal Activities in Washington, DC, and require U.S. receiving facilities to match EPA provided import consent documentation to incoming hazardous waste import shipments and to submit to EPA a copy of the matched import consent waste manifest for each import shipment.

The final rule is effective July 7, 2010. .