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Hazardous Waste Management System - Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste - Toxicity Characteristic - Federal Register Notice, February 13, 1991

On March 29, 1990, EPA promulgated revisions to the toxicity characteristic, one of several characteristics used to identify waste regulated as hazardous under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Since the promulgation of the Toxicity Characteristic (TC), the Agency has received information that the rule's immediate application may cause certain used chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants to be subject to hazardous waste regulations because they exhibit the TC.

EPA is concerned that subjecting used CFC refrigerants to Subtitle C regulations will promote continued or increased venting, increasing the levels of ozone-depleting substances in the stratosphere. As a result of this new information and to allow time for gathering additional information and giving all relevant facts careful consideration, the Agency is promulgating today's interim final rule to suspend the TC rule for used refrigerants which exhibit the toxicity characteristic and which are recycled. The exemption only applies if the refrigerants are reclaimed for reuse. At the same time, the Agency is seeking public comment on the merits of this suspension.

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