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Comparable Fuels Rule

On June 27, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals vacated the "Comparable Fuels Rule", which provided an exclusion from RCRA hazardous waste regulations for certain fuels derived from hazardous waste. EPA, recognizing the potential impact of this decision, has filed a motion with the court requesting a 6-month delay in the effective date of the decision in order to allow facilities to come into compliance with the applicable requirements. For additional information, please contact Tracy Atagi at atagi.tracy@epa.gov or 703-308-8672.

Comparable Fuels Decision (PDF) (22 pp, 114 Kb)

Motion for a 6-month Stay of Mandate (PDF) (25 pp, 3 Mb)

Rule Information

Table 1: Proposed and Promulgated Rule Notices

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Date Citation Action Description
Emission Comparable Fuel Expansion

06/15/2010

Withdrawal of the Emission-Comparable Fuel Exclusion under RCRA

Final Rule

Final Withdrawal of the RCRA Emission-Comparable Fuel Exclusion.

12/08/2009

Withdrawal of the Emission-Comparable Fuel Exclusion under RCRA

Proposed Rule

Proposed Withdrawal of the RCRA Emission-Comparable Fuel Exclusion.

12/19/2008

Expansion of RCRA Comparable Fuel Exclusion (PDF) (65 pp, 1.7MB)

Final Rule

Expansion of RCRA Comparable Fuel Exclusion.

7/19/2007

Expansion of RCRA Comparable Fuel Exclusion; Extension of Comment Period (PDF) (2 pp, 50 K)

Proposed Rule; Extension of Comment Period

Extension of public comment period until September 14, 2007

6/15/2007

Expansion of RCRA Comparable Fuel Exclusion (PDF) (52 pp, 354 K)

Proposed Rule

Expansion of RCRA Comparable Fuel Exclusion.

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Comparable Fuel Exclusion

6/14/2005

Waste Management System: Testing and Monitoring Activities; Final Rule; Methods Innovation Rule and SW-846; Final Update, June 14, 2005 (PDF) (55 pp, 291 K)

Final Rule

Comparable fuel amendment on p. 34562 regarding waste analysis plans.

7/10/2000

NESHAPS: Final Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Hazardous Waste Combustors, July 10, 2000 (PDF) (11 pp, 160K)

Final Rule: Second Technical Correction

Comparable fuel amendment on p. 42302 regarding the exclusion of gas turbines.  

11/19/1999

NESHAPS: Final Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Hazardous Waste Combustors, November 19, 1999 (PDF) (5 pp, 41 K)

Final Rule: First Technical Correction

Comparable fuel amendment on p. 63213 to correct a typographical error.

9/30/1999

NESHAPS: Final Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Hazardous Waste Combustors; Final Rule, September 30, 1999 (PDF) (250 pp, 2.5 MB)

Final Rule

Comparable fuel amendment on p. 53027 and pp. 53070-53074 regarding several technical admendments and corrections to Table 1 in 261.38 - Detection and detection limit values for comparable fuel specification.

Due to its large size, this document is divided into 50 page sections for ease of downloading.

6/19/1998

Hazardous Waste Combustors: Revised Standards; Final Rule, June 19, 1998 (48 pp, 399 K)

Final Rule

Part 1: RCRA Comparable Fuel Exclusion.

8/23/1996

Hazardous Waste Combustors: Revised Standards; Proposed Rule, August 23, 1996 (15 pp, 141 K)

Notice

Notice of Data Availability and Request for Comments.

4/19/1996

Revised Standards for Hazardous Waste Combustors, April 19, 1996 (PDF) (179 pp, 1.5 MB)

Proposed Rule

Proposal for RCRA Comparable Fuel Exclusion.

Due to its large size, this document is divided into 50 page sections for ease of downloading.

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Technical Support Documents


Note: In addition to the documents provided below, background information is available in the Federal Register notices cited above and in the dockets. See how to obtain additional technical support documents for information on how to access documents using Regulations.gov.

Table 2: Technical Support Documents and Other Information
Publication Date Document Name Comments-Docket ID#
Emission Comparable Fuel Expansion
12/3/2008 Comment Response Document for the Exclusion of Emission Comparable Fuels Document found on Regulations.gov

EPA-HQ-RCRA-2005-0017-0013

12/3/2008 Final Technical Support Document for the Exclusion of Emission Comparable Fuels

Document found on Regulations.gov

EPA-HQ-RCRA-2005-0017-0013

12/3/2008 Economic Analysis Document found on Regulations.gov

EPA-HQ-RCRA-2005-0017-0013

12/3/2008 Appendix A: Supplement to CO/HC and DRE Evaluation Document found on Regulations.gov

EPA-HQ-RCRA-2005-0017-0013

5/31/2007

Fact Sheet: EPA Proposes to Expand Comparable Fuels Exclusion | PDF Version (2 pp, 73K)

5/31/2007

Questions and Answers for the Expansion of RCRA Comparable Fuel Exclusion- Proposed Rule

5/31/2007

Draft Technical Support Document for Expansion of the Comparable Fuel Exclusion- Proposed Rule (PDF) (90 pp, 1.2MB)

How to obtain additional technical support documents
5/31/2007 Assessment of the Potential Costs, Benefits, and Other Impacts of the Expansion of the Comparable Fuel Exclusion - Proposed Rule (PDF) (66 pp, 639K) How to obtain additional technical support documents
3/2007 Peer Review Report: Application of WMPT to Rank Comparable Fuels Constituents (PDF)(52 pp, 253K) How to obtain additional technical support documents
3/2007 Peer Review Report: Rationale for Exclusion of Emission-Comparable Fuel (PDF) (53 pp, 245K) How to obtain additional technical support documents

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Comparable Fuel Exclusion

07/1999

Final Technical Support Document for HWC MACT Standards – Vol. IV – Compliance with HWC MACT Standards, Chapter 17 and Appendix B

Document found on Regulations.gov

EPA-HQ-RCRA-2005-0017-0013

05/1998

Final Technical Support Document for HWC MACT Standards – Development of Comparable Fuel Specifications

Document found on Regulations.gov

EPA-HQ-RCRA-2005-0017-0005

05/1998 Final Technical Support Document for HWC MACT Standards – Development of Comparable Fuel Specifications - Appendices

Document found on Regulations.gov

EPA-HQ-RCRA-2005-0017-0006

02/1996 Draft Technical Support Document for HWC MACT Standards – Vol. VI - Development of Comparable Fuel Specifications

Document found on Regulations.gov

EPA-HQ-RCRA-2005-0017-0019

08/1996 Draft Technical Support Document for HWC MACT Standards – Vol. VI -Development of Comparable Fuel Specifications, Addendum I

Document found on Regulations.gov

EPA-HQ-RCRA-2005-0017-0020

05/1998 Hazardous Waste Combustors Revised Standards: Final Rule Part I: Response to Comments Document (Part 1-4 of 7), Comments related to comparable fuels.

Document found on Regulations.gov

EPA-HQ-RCRA-2005-0017-0025

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How to Obtain Additional Technical Support Documents

Dockets may contain Federal Register documents, a variety of supporting documentation, and public comments.  Regulations.gov serves as EPA’s electronic public docket system.  If you would like to obtain the docket materials that are referenced in Table 2, please use www.regulations.gov (see below for instructions) and use the document ID numbers to located the EPA docket files for the Comparable Fuel Exclusion and Expansion rulemakings.

How to Use Regulations.gov

To view Docket Index:

 

  1. Go to the Regulations.gov web site,
  2. In the search box type in one of the Docket ID numbers given below,
    • EPA-HQ-RCRA-2005-0017
    • EPA-HQ-RCRA-1998-0066
    • EPA-HQ-RCRA-1996-0070
  3. Click on SUBMIT
  4. Click on the Docket ID number to display the Docket Index.
  5. To view a particular document, click on the pdf symbol for that document in the last column.

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