Frequent Questions

What are the anticipated burden reductions for the regulated community in the Modification of the Hazardous Waste Manifest System Final Rule?

The final rule is designed to provide regulatory relief to upwards of 139,000 entities in at least 45 industrial sub-sectors, who are involved in transporting RCRA hazardous wastes every year for off-site management.

About 12 million tons of hazardous waste (non-wastewaters and wastewaters) per year are manifested for shipment (i.e. transport by truck, rail or barge), involving 2.4 to 5.1 million RCRA manifests, requiring about 4.4 to 9.2 million waste handler labor hours, costing about $187 to $733 million annually. In addition, 34 state governments reportedly spend 199,000 to 416,000 labor hours costing $6.3 to $37 million annually to administer the current RCRA hazardous waste manifest program, which when added to waste handler burden, totals 4.6 to 9.7 million hours ($193 to $770 million) per year in baseline national paperwork burden.

EPA estimates that the final rule revisions to the RCRA manifest form are expected to produce a national total of $12.7 to $20.6 million in average annual paperwork burden reduction benefits associated with a reduction of 249,000 to 397,000 annual burden hours.

Additional information on the manifest may be found at the following URL:
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/transportation/manifest/index.htm
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