Frequent Questions

Why is EPA allowing an 18-month delayed compliance date for the Modification of the Hazardous Waste Manifest System Final Rule?

The 18-month delayed compliance date should allow waste handlers to use up their stocks of the old forms and allow sufficient time for registrants to apply to EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery's registry and prepare to print and distribute the revised manifest forms. Likewise, 18 months will provide states sufficient time to update their tracking databases to address the rule's changes to the manifest form and its data elements and to enable them to revise their authorized hazardous waste programs to adapt the revised manifest requirements. Because EPA is requiring the revised manifest format to be used and accepted in every US jurisdiction, the final rule will also preclude states from requiring their regulated waste handlers to obtain manifest forms exclusively from the state agencies.

Additional information on the manifest may be found at the following URL:

http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/transportation/manifest/index.htm

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