The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the Notice of Data Availability (NODA) for Hazardous Waste Management in the Retail Sector. EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response indicates that they are seeking additional information on areas that the retail industry has identified as impediments to implementing hazardous waste regulations. The agency is soliciting information concerning the hazardous waste management practices of the retail sector and requesting suggestions for improving hazardous waste regulations for retail operations. Specifically, EPA seeks information and hazardous waste data concerning the following topics:
• Episodic generation
• Retails stores’ programs for handling hazardous waste
• Hazardous waste training for employees
• Aerosol cans
• Transportation and reverse logistics
• Reverse logistics centers
• Sustainability efforts undertaken by retail facilities
All comments on the NODA should be submitted by 60 days from publication and should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2012-0426. The action is part of the agency’s regulatory reform plan that implements the directive given in Executive Order 13563, which directs agencies to make regulatory programs more effective or less burdensome in achieving regulatory objectives. EPA identified improving the effectiveness of the hazardous waste policies, guidances or regulations for the retail sector as one of its priorities.
For a copy of the NODA, click here.
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