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- February 11, 1993: EPA proposed the universal waste rule to amend
the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations to allow
for streamlined management of certain widely generated hazardous wastes
(58 FR 9346).
- June 20, 1994: EPA published additional information for public comment
(59 FR 31568).
- May 11, 1995: EPA promulgated the final universal waste rule establishing
streamlined collection and management requirements for universal waste
batteries, pesticides, and thermostats (60 FR 25492). Most states that
are authorized to implement the RCRA Hazardous Waste program have adopted
the universal waste rule.
- December 24, 1998: EPA made a technical correction to the universal
waste rule (63 FR 71225).
- July 6, 1999: EPA added “lamps” to the universal waste
rule (64 FR 36466).
- June 12, 2002: EPA proposed adding used mercury-containing equipment to the federal list of universal wastes.
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- August 5, 2005: EPA added “mercury-containing equipment” (which encompasses thermostats) as a universal waste (70 FR 45508).
Current Universal Waste Regulations (40 CFR 273)
The Difference between the Code of Federal Regulations and Federal Register Citations
The universal waste regulations are in Title 40, part 273 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). This could be cited as “40 CFR 273" or if a specific section is referenced (e.g., section 9), it can be cited as “§273.9.”
Federal Register notices are cited with the volume and page number (e.g., Volume 67, Page 40508 is “67 FR 40508").