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E-M:/ More PCB waste coming to Michigan? EPA publishes federal registernotice



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Enviro-Mich message from Tracey Easthope <tracey@ecocenter.org>
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EPA just published in the Federal Register changes to the rule on 
disposal of PCB wastes, concerning wastes from outside U.S. customs 
territory. The notice is below, and also available as a pdf file at 
the FR site:
http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-TOX/2001/March/Day-30/t7920.pdf
There is a PCB disposal site in Michigan.

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[Federal Register: March 30, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 62)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 17467-17478]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr30mr01-21]
[[Page 17467]]

Part II
Environmental Protection Agency
40 CFR Part 761

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB's); Return of PCB Waste from U.S.
Territories Outside the Customs Territory of the United States; Final
Rule


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 761

[OPPTS-66020A; FRL-6764-9]


Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB's); Return of PCB Waste from U.S.
Territories Outside the Customs Territory of the United States

AGENCY:  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:  Final Rule.

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SUMMARY:  EPA is amending its rules in order to clarify that PCB waste
in U.S. territories and possessions outside the customs territory of
the United States may be moved to the customs territory of the United
States for proper disposal. This rule interprets the prohibition on the
manufacture of PCBs at Section 6(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act
(TSCA) to allow the movement of most PCB waste among any States of the
United States for the purpose of disposal because such movement is not
considered ``import'' for purposes of the definition of ``manufacture''
as that term is used in TSCA section 6(e)(3). This interpretation will
allow U.S. territories and possessions which fall outside of the
definition of ``customs territory of the United States'' to dispose of
their PCB waste in the mainland of the United States where facilities
are available that can properly dispose of PCB waste. Thus, this rule
would ensure that a safe and viable mechanism exists for the protection
of health and the environment for those citizens in areas of the United
States where facilities are not available for the proper management and
disposal of PCB waste. Because disposal of these wastes may occur only
at approved facilities, no unreasonable risks to health or the
environment on the mainland United States should be created by this
rule.

DATES:  This rule shall become effective April 30, 2001. This rule
shall be promulgated for purposes of judicial review at 1 p.m. eastern
standard time on April 13, 2001 (see 40 CFR 23.5, 59 FR 7271).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  For general information contact:
Barbara Cunningham, Acting Director, Environmental Assistance Division,
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (7408), Environmental
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460;
telephone numbers: 202-554-1404; e-mail address:TSCA-Hotline@epa.gov.
     For technical information contact: Peggy Reynolds, OPPT/NPCD, 7404,
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.,
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-260-3965; fax number: 202-
260-1724; e-mail address: reynolds.peggy@epa.gov.


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