Frequent Questions

What incentives outside the Hazardous Waste Combustion Emission Standards Rule may cause industry to voluntarily reduce their wastes?

EPA believes that waste minimization can be a tool for many generators to reduce their regulatory burden by reducing their wastes so that they are no longer considered "Large Quantity Generators" (LQGs). LQGs are subject to more stringent and burdensome requirements than small quantity generators. When a generator achieves "small quantity generator" status, they significantly reduce the cost of compliance with regulations, freeing up more capital for technological and other improvements and business decisions that enhance their competitiveness in the market. 

Also, as experience has shown, reporting releases to the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) has provided an incentive for many companies to reduce toxic chemical use. EPA's effort to focus on the worst PBT chemicals reported under the TRI will further enhance this incentive. EPA will also use TRI data to publish periodic progress reports that assess progress toward national PBT reduction goals.

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