Frequent Questions

How can a company become registered to distribute the Hazardous Waste Manifest?

On March 4, 2005, EPA published the Modification of the Hazardous Waste Manifest System Final Rule, which includes information on how to become a registered printer of the new Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest. This final rule was effective September 6, 2005. However, until September 5, 2006, ONLY the older forms may be used.

The registration process requires an applicant to submit two separate application components to the Agency. First, an applicant must submit an initial application to EPA (40 CFR 262.21(b)). EPA will either approve the application or request additional information or modification before approval (§262.21(c)). Once the initial application is approved, EPA will provide the registrant an electronic file of the manifest, continuation sheet, and manifest instructions and ask the registrant to submit three fully assembled manifests and continuation sheet samples (§262.21(d)).

Because the print specifications published in the final rule leave considerable discretion to the registrant in the particular paper, ink, etc. they may use in designing their manifest forms, the Agency believes it is essential to evaluate and approve samples of the registrant's forms before they are used or sold (70 FR10776, 10796-10803; March 4, 2005). EPA will evaluate the forms using tests to determine attributes such as legibility on the bottom (6th) sheet, sturdiness of the binding, etc., and either approve or request additional modifications of the submitted forms (§262.21(e)).

EPA will have a web page dedicated to the Manifest Registry available in November, 2005. This web page will include specific information on the registration process, including a document to assist applicants titled: Instructions for Preparing Application Materials for Submittal to EPA’s Manifest Registry. The web page will also contain a listing of registered printers, the manifest form facsimile, frequently asked questions (FAQ), instructions on completing the manifest, management method codes and EPA waste codes, and links to State manifest requirements and associated information (State waste codes, contact information.

The March 4, 2005, Federal Register is available at the following URL:
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/transportation/manifest/mods.htm#final.

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