From our national Sierra Club office in D.C. ~~Rita
1. Is that Waste Still Hazardous?
A rule recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would
alter the definition of hazardous waste in a way that eliminates existing
federal controls over an estimated 1.5 million tons of waste generated at
nearly 1,750 facilities across the country, according to the EPA.
The proposal would create broad, unprecedented exemptions to the Resource
Conservation and Recover Act's (RCRA) definition of solid waste, declaring
that materials currently deemed "hazardous wastes" that are generate and
reused or reclaimed within broad industrial groups will no longer be
regulated as wastes.
In place of the current program's extensive "cradle to grave" tracking
system, which ensures proper handling of hazardous substances from their
point of origin to its final treatment, storage or disposal, the new rule
would allow substances to be shipped across the country or overseas,
without federal oversight to ensure proper handling.
These changes will save companies money, but cost our communities. In the
text of the proposed rule, the EPA openly admits that their action "is not
based on any analysis of health or safety risks."
Contact the EPA today and let them know that deregulating 1.5 million tons
of waste puts corporate desire over our safety and is not acceptable. All
comments are due by January 26, 2004.
Comments may be submitted by mail to:
Environmental Protection Agency,
Mailcode: 5305T 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
Attention Docket ID No RCRA-2002-0031
To view the text of proposed rule, visit