Ideas To Reduce Reporting Requirements at Hazardous Waste Facilities
The Paperwork Reduction Act establishes a 40 percent reduction goal for federal agencies to reduce their reporting and recordkeeping burdens on the regulated community, states, and the public by September 2001. Burden is the time that the regulated community, states, and private citizens spend submitting information to federal agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), keeping records on file and/or developing the information they report. To meet the goals of the Paperwork Reduction Act, EPA aims to reduce the regulatory burden associated with the hazardous waste management regulations while protecting human health and the environment.
EPA is publishing a Notice of Data Availability in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Agency reviewed its hazardous waste reporting and recordkeeping requirements, and developed ideas for streamlining them. After obtaining input from a small number of state experts, EPA developed the following burden reduction ideas:
- Allowing electronic reporting and recordkeeping for all information that is kept by facilities and sent to EPA;
- Reducing reporting requirements for generators and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs);
- Lengthening the periods between facility self-inspections;
- Streamlining personnel training in hazardous waste requirements;
- Streamlining the land disposal restrictions notification, determination, and certification requirements, and;
- Reducing the amount of information collected in the Agencys Biennial Report.