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Web Date: March 19, 2007

Redefining Waste

EPA proposes to allow sale, recycling of some materials regulated as hazardous waste
Department: Government & Policy

Chemical manufacturers are cautiously praising a new EPA proposal that would allow businesses to recycle or sell some materials left over from industrial processes instead of disposing of them.

Under current rules, companies have to dispose of many coproducts, by-products, residues, and unreacted feedstocks, because these substances are regulated as hazardous wastes. EPA's proposal, announced on March 16, would exclude some of these materials from hazardous waste rules.

For example, the proposal would allow . . .

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