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Regulation of Cathode Ray Tubes

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A cathode ray tube (CRT) is the glass video display component of an electronic device (usually a computer or television monitor). CRT funnel glass generally contains high enough concentrations of lead that the glass is regulated as hazardous waste when disposed.

In 2006, EPA amended its regulations to streamline management requirements for recycling of used CRTs and glass removed from CRTs. The amendments excluded these materials from the RCRA definition of solid waste, if certain conditions are met. [40 CFR 261.4(a)(22)]

Rulemaking History

2012 Proposed Rule

EPA proposed a rule to revise export provisions of the 2006 CRT final rule. These proposed changes will allow the Agency to obtain additional information on the export of used CRTs to ensure that they are managed in compliance with the regulations. CRT glass contains a significant amount of lead and must be recycled under safe conditions, which hasn't always occurred in developing countries.

Federal Register Notice – March 15, 2012

The support materials for this rule and the public comments EPA received on the proposal are available for public review online Docket EPA-HQ-RCRA-2011-1014.

2006 Final Rule

This final rule streamlines management requirements for recycling of used CRTs and glass removed from CRTs under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The amendments exclude these materials from the RCRA definition of solid waste if certain conditions are met. The rule is intended to encourage recycling and reuse of used CRTs and CRT glass.

Federal Register Notice || Federal Register Notice (PDF) (108 pp, 230 Kb) - July 28, 2006

The support materials for this rule are available for public review online Docket EPA-HQ-RCRA-2004-0010.

2002 Proposed Rule

EPA proposed an exclusion from the definition of solid waste which would streamline RCRA management requirements for used CRTs and glass removed from CRTs sent for recycling. In today’s notice, the Agency also clarifies the status of used CRTs sent for reuse. (EPA also proposed streamlining management requirements for used mercury-containing equipment by adding it to the federal list of universal wastes; these proposals were separated into two final rules.)

Federal Register Notice (PDF) (21 pp, 239 Kb) - June 12, 2002

The support materials for this rule and the public comments EPA received on the proposal are available for public review online Docket EPA-HQ-RCRA-2002-0013.

 

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