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EPA to Hold Public Meeting on Definition of Solid Waste

Release Date: 06/29/2009
Contact Information: Latisha Petteway,, 202-564-3191, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting on possible revisions to the Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule on June 30, 2009 at the EPA Potomac Yards Conference Center in Arlington, Va. The hearing is an opportunity for stakeholders and members of the public to voice their opinions on the rule.

The DSW rule modified the regulations for recycling hazardous secondary materials to encourage the reclamation of certain hazardous secondary materials to help conserve resources. Since publication of the DSW rule in December 2008, EPA received an administrative petition requesting reconsideration of the rule and a stay of implementation.

While EPA does not expect to repeal the final rule, the agency believes that there may be opportunities to revise or clarify the rule. In particular, the agency has identified several possible issues for discussion based on stakeholder concerns. These include issues affecting storage requirements, notification provisions, how “legitimate” recycling is determined, and how materials transferred to another party for recycling are regulated. EPA will consider written comments submitted during the public comment period with the same weight as oral comments presented during the public hearing.

WHO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

WHAT: Definition of Solid Waste rule public meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (or until all interested parties have spoken)

WHERE: EPA Potomac Yards Conference Center, South Building, 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, Va.

EPA will webcast the public meeting. Please see the link below for more information.

More information on the public meeting: