Revisions to Standards for the Open Burning / Open Detonation of Waste Explosives
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EPA initiated a rulemaking that will consider revisions to the regulations that allow for the open burning and detonation (OB/OD) of waste explosives. The allowance or “variance” to the prohibition on the open burning of hazardous waste was established at a time when there were no safe alternatives to treatment of waste explosives by OB/OD. However, recent findings from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and EPA determined that safe alternatives are now available for many energetic/explosive waste streams. Because there are safe alternatives in use today that capture and treat emissions prior to release, EPA is considering revising regulations to improve implementation of existing requirements that require evaluation and use of safe alternatives when available.
- Read more about EPA’s upcoming rulemaking in the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.
In February and March 2022, EPA held virtual meetings with EPA Regions, states, territories, tribes, community and environmental groups, and owners and operators of OB/OD units to solicit input on how to amend the hazardous waste regulations with respect to OB/OD. EPA is developing summaries of these meetings, which will be placed in the docket for the rulemaking. Access the EPA presentation at the 2022 engagement meetings below:
On December 5th, 2022, EPA had a public engagement webinar. During this public webinar, EPA presented and solicited input on specific approaches under consideration for its forthcoming proposed rulemaking revising the standards for the open burning and open detonation of waste explosives.