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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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In today's federal register, EPA proposes to delist wastewater
treatment plant sludge produced by the GM Lansing assembly plant
from being a hazardous waste.    This material could then be
disposed in ordinary landfills in the Lansing area.   The material
presently goes to a hazardous waste landfill.

The sludge may contain up to 1% lead

.....Hearing requests due by October 28 and comments due by November 29

A fragment of the FR notice is below.   If you want the complete notice,
send me a request to  ajs@sagady.com and I'll send it to you....

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[Federal Register: October 13, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 197)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 55443-55452]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr13oc99-22]

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 261

[SW-FRL-6455-2]


Hazardous Waste Management System; Proposed Exclusion for
Identifying and Listing Hazardous Waste

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.(EPA)

ACTION: Proposed rule and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The EPA (also, ``the Agency'' or ``we'' in this preamble) is
proposing to grant a petition submitted by General Motors Corporation,
Lansing Car Assembly--Body Plant (GM) in Lansing, Michigan, to exclude
(or ``delist'') certain solid wastes generated by its wastewater
treatment plant (WWTP) from the lists of hazardous wastes contained in
Subpart D of Part 261.
     GM submitted the petition under 40 CFR 260.20 and 260.22(a).
Section 260.20 allows any person to petition the Administrator to
modify or revoke any provision of Secs. 260 through 266, 268 and 273.
Section 260.22 (a) specifically provides generators the opportunity to
petition the Administrator to exclude a waste on a ``generator
specific'' basis from the hazardous waste lists.
     The Agency has tentatively decided to grant the petition based on
an evaluation of waste-specific information provided by GM. This
proposed decision, if finalized, conditionally excludes the petitioned
waste from the requirements of hazardous waste regulations under the
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
     We conclude that GM's petitioned waste is nonhazardous with respect
to the original listing criteria.

DATES: We will accept public comments on this proposed decision until
November 29, 1999. We will stamp comments postmarked after the close of
the comment period as ``late.'' These ``late'' comments may not be
considered in formulating a final decision.
     Your request for a hearing must reach EPA by October 28, 1999. The
request must contain the information prescribed in Sec. 260.20(d).

ADDRESSES: Please send two copies of your comments to Peter
Ramanauskas, Waste Management Branch (DW-8J), Environmental Protection
Agency, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL, 60604.
     Any person may request a hearing on this proposed decision by
filing a request with Robert Springer, Director, Waste, Pesticides and
Toxics Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 77 W. Jackson Blvd.,
Chicago, IL, 60604.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Contact: For technical information concerning
this notice, contact Peter Ramanauskas at the address above or at 312-
886-7890. The RCRA regulatory docket for this proposed rule is located
at the U.S. EPA Region 5, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604, and
is available for viewing from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through
Friday, excluding federal holidays. Call Peter Ramanauskas at (312)
886-7890 for appointments. The public may copy material from the
regulatory docket at $0.15 per page.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The information in this section is organized
as follows:

I. Overview Information
     A. What action is EPA proposing?
     B. Why is EPA proposing to approve this delisting?
     C. How will GM manage the waste if it is delisted?
     D. When would EPA finalize the proposed delisting exclusion?
     E. How would this action affect States?
II. Background
     A. What is the history of the delisting program?
     B. What is a delisting petition, and what does it require of a
petitioner?
     C. What factors must EPA consider in deciding whether to grant a
delisting petition?
III. EPA's Evaluation of the Waste Information and Data
     A. What waste did GM petition EPA to delist?
     B. What information and analyses did GM submit to support this
petition?
     C. How does GM generate the petitioned waste?
     D. How did GM sample and analyze the data in this petition?
     E. What were the results of GM's analysis?
     F. How did EPA evaluate the risk of delisting this waste?
     G. What other factors did EPA consider in its evaluation?
     H. What did EPA conclude about GM's analysis?
     I. What is EPA's final evaluation of this delisting petition?
IV. Conditions for Exclusion
     A. What are the maximum allowable concentrations of hazardous
constituents in the waste?
     B. How frequently must GM test the waste?
     C. What must GM do if the process changes?
     D. What data must GM submit?
     E. What happens if GM's waste fails to meet the conditions of
the exclusion?
V. Regulatory Impact
VI. Regulatory Flexibility Act
VII. Paperwork Reduction Act
VIII. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act
IX. Executive Order 12875
X. Executive Order 13045
XI. Executive Order 13084
XII. National Technology Transfer And Advancement Act

I. Overview Information

A. What Action Is EPA Proposing?

     The EPA is proposing to grant GM's petition to have its wastewater
treatment sludge excluded, or delisted, from the definition of a
hazardous waste. We used a fate and transport model to predict the
concentration of hazardous constituents released from the petitioned
waste once it is dispose

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PO Box 39  East Lansing, MI  48826-0039
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