EPA Proposes New Protections for Imports and Exports of Hazardous Waste
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing regulatory changes to help ensure the safe management of the 3,000 import shipments and 49,000 export shipments of hazardous waste that occur each year, largely within North America.
According to the EPA, the rule proposes:
- improved import and export shipment tracking;
- one consolidated and streamlined set of requirements applying to all imports and exports that are more consistent with the current requirements for shipments between members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development;
- mandatory electronic submission to the EPA of all export- and import-related documents (e.g., export notices, export annual reports); and
- linking the consent to export with the exporter declaration submitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The EPA states that these changes would provide for more efficient compliance monitoring and enable increased sharing of hazardous waste import and export data with state programs, the general public, and individual exporters and importers.