On December 10, 2014, EPA finalized a number of changes to the federal hazardous waste management rules. Among other things, the new rules:

  • Significantly modify the regulatory exemptions created in 2008 for reclamation of hazardous secondary materials;
  • Codify criteria for “legitimate recycling” that EPA will use to evaluate all recycling activities;
  • Establish new procedures for solid waste variances and non-waste determinations for off-site reclamation activities; and
  • Defer action on a proposal to establish container and notification requirements for pre-2008 recycling exemptions.

To view the pre-publication version of the final rule, click here.