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Burden Reduction Frequent Questions

What are the anticipated burden reductions for the regulated community?
How are these savings achieved?
Who is affected by this rule?
When does this rule become effective?
Does this rule affect the hazardous waste Biennial Report?

What are the anticipated burden reductions for the regulated community?

We estimate the total savings to be between 22,000 and 37,500 hours per year. The total annual cost savings ranges between $2 to $3 million.

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How are these savings achieved?

This rule streamlines information collection requirements so that the Agency is not collecting any information that it doesn't actually need or use in to safely manage hazardous waste. The overwhelming majority of annual savings under the rule will come from the reduction in tank inspection frequency from daily to weekly.

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Who is affected by this rule?

Entities affected by this rule are:

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When does this rule become effective?

This rule becomes effective May 4, 2006. It does not become effective in RCRA authorized states until they have adopted and are authorized to implement it. We strongly encourage states to amend their programs and seek authorization for today's rule. EPA will try to act promptly on any such requests for authorization.

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Does this rule affect the hazardous waste Biennial Report?

This rule does not affect Biennial Report requirements. In 2001, we independently made changes to the Biennial Report, including streamlining the source, origin, form and management codes; clarifying the types of waste to be reported; and removing some data elements.

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