EPA’s Transition from WIETS to RCRAInfo WIETS
EPA is transitioning to a new system for processing hazardous waste export and import notices. Starting in October, EPA will no longer be accepting most notices in the existing Waste Import Export Tracking System (WIETS), and the new system will not be available until January 18th, 2022.
EPA is in the process of upgrading its hazardous waste import/export notice processing system. This fall, the Agency will be transitioning from the current, standalone Waste Import Export Tracking System (WIETS) to a new, integrated application in RCRAInfo (RCRAInfo WIETS). To ensure a smooth and orderly transition to the new system, EPA has established a series of notice submittal deadlines for October 1 through October 30 in 2021.
Notices must be submitted into the current WIETS by the deadlines listed below to ensure they are processed before the notice processing module in the current WIETS is disabled.
U.S. Exporter Deadlines:
- October 1, 2021 – last day EPA will accept export notices proposing export to countries other than Canada
- October 30, 2021 – last day EPA will accept export notices proposing export to Canada
U.S. Importer Deadlines:
- October 1, 2021 – last day EPA will accept U.S. importer notices proposing import from countries other than Canada
These deadlines reflect the time EPA and the foreign governments need to process the high volume of notices we expect to receive prior to the different black-out periods. U.S. exporters and importers will be able to submit notices up until the established deadlines using the current WIETS. While EPA recognizes this transition may be disruptive to U.S. importers and exporters, these deadlines are essential for EPA to process notices in WIETS before notice processing in the system is disabled. Any notice that does not complete the Prior Informed Consent process (e.g., result in issued consent letter) in the current WIETS by December 31, 2021 will have to be re-entered and submitted into RCRAInfo WIETS starting on January 18, 2022. These deadlines will help exporters and importers avoid having to re-start the process. Companies can verify the status of their notices in WIETS.