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Hazardous Waste Delisting Program

What is the delisting program?

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (which guides EPA's hazardous waste management programs) and its regulations provide for a process to remove or "delist" a waste generated at a particular facility from the list of hazardous wastes. The delisting process is initiated by the generator (the person creating the waste) who prepares a petition to request delisting of the waste. The petition provides information about the waste, including its chemical composition and characteristics, for the purpose of demonstrating that this particular waste is not hazardous. The petition is reviewed by the appropriate regulatory agency (either EPA or a state hazardous waste regulatory agency which has been authorized for the delisting program) to determine whether the waste is eligible for a delisting.

How do I get started?

A hazardous waste generator located in Region 3 who is interested in pursuing a delisting should download and read EPA's Delisting Guidance Manual. This document explains the delisting process and the elements that need to be addressed in a delisting petition. It is highly recommended that, prior to collecting data and preparing a petition, you contact the appropriate EPA or state delisting coordinator to arrange for a face-to-face meeting. At this meeting, you can find out more about the information is needed (based on your specific waste generation situation) and how the delisting petition is evaluated and processed.

Who should I contact?

Delaware -- Karen J'Anthony, DNREC, 302-739-9403
District of Columbia -- Dave Friedman, EPA, 215-814-3395
Maryland -- Dave Friedman, EPA, 215-814-3395
Pennsylvania -- Jim Roof, PADEP, 717-787-6239
Virginia -- David M. Friedman, EPA, 215-814-3395
West Virginia -- Carroll Cather, WVDEP 302-926-0499 x1317

What other information is available?

Part of the evaluation of your petition includes performing a risk assessment on the data. EPA evaluates the potential risk to human health and the environment if your waste is disposed of as a non-hazardous waste. We do this using a software program known as the Delisting Risk Assessment Software (DRAS). DRAS is a stand-alone software program that calculates the potential risks associated with disposing of a particular waste in a non-hazardous landfill or surface impoundment. If you desire, you can download copies of the DRAS program, the Delisting Technical Support Document (DTSD) and the DRAS USER's Guide by using the links below.

(1) Delisting Risk Assessment Software (DRAS) program
(2) Delisting Technical Support Document (DTSD)
(3) DRAS User's Guide- PDF [8.3MB, 22 pages, About PDF]

Region 3 The Mid-Atlantic States


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