Frequent Questions

How will hazardous waste generators be impacted by the Hazardous Waste Combustion Emission Standards Rule?

Capacity for burning hazardous waste will not be significantly affected with an estimated 1-2 cement facilities and 13 on-site incinerators potentially leaving the hazardous burning business in response to the rule. Between 14,000 to 42,000 tons of currently burned hazardous waste could be reallocated to other facilities or waste management alternatives. This estimate represents between 0.4 and 1.3 percent of the total quantity of combusted hazardous wastes and is incremental to projected long-term baseline reallocations of approximately 100,000 tons. Currently, there is more than adequate capacity within the remaining sources of the combustion market to accommodate this reallocated waste, even at the high-end estimate.
 
Generators will experience some price increases as most of the additional costs are passed through to the generators in higher prices. Combustion price increases of between $5 and $15 per ton are projected as a result of the final rule.

For more information, see http://www.epa.gov/wastes/hazard/tsd/td/combustion.htm.

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