Published on the Packaging World Web site
| February 29, 1996
EPA delays hazardous waste container rule
EPA has extended to June 5, 1996, the effective date of its hazardous waste containers rule, now being revised. The original rule, issued in December 1994, allowed the use of steel drums and pails that comply with U.S.
Department of Transportation performance standards. In August 1995 EPA proposed revising the rule dropping the sole requirement that steel drums meet DOT performance requirements and instead mandating special inspection and recordkeeping requirements for steel drums that transport and store hazardous waste. That proposal drew howls of protest from container manufacturers shippers hazardous waste facilities and chemical manufacturers. EPA's final revisions if any have not been released.
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