EPA Finalizes Chemical Waste Exportation and Importation Rule

Hazardous Management in TexasIn light of the recent environmental disasters in the country such as the Galveston Bay, Texas oil spill, the Flint, Michigan pipeline water crisis, the Dan River, North Carolina coal ash spill, and the enduring drought in California state, it’s apparent that the condition of the environment will continue to go down.

That’s why for industries like Enviro Care Inc., how the government perceives and plans to resolve environmental hazards is always a significant matter; as the steps undertaken by the agencies and departments will determine the environmental makeup of the future. And thankfully enough, the EPA had finally released a united front regarding the protocols to hazardous management.

Protection through Export and Import Filtration

To keep the local environment free from lingering toxic waste from the industrial sector, the EPA finalized a streamlined protocol to handling the exportation and importation of hazardous waste. The new rule will effectively regulate all toxic management facilities to prevent irreversible mismanagement practices.

According to Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management, “The new rule will provide greater protection to communities from mismanagement of hazardous waste when it is shipped to multiple countries to be disposed or recycled.” The new guidance will take into account all the existing provisions under, but with an enforced body for a more dedicated and stringent toxic waste rule.

Scopes and Application

The law will cover and apply to all the logistics involving hazardous waste coming in and out of the country — in particular of the Mexico and Canada — which surmise 90 percent of the export and transport trade. Before any transfer of hazardous materials, the EPA and US Customers and Border Protection must receive a prior mandatory electronic reporting to track the waste shipments.

While many industry groups protested to halt the new protocols, the EPA is confident this will bring about the proper accountability for the sake of both the environment and the people. The Federal Recycling and Remediation Coalition expressed in a statement, “While this revision would result in one set of requirements for all transboundary shipments, it does so by unnecessarily increasing the requirements applicable to the vast majority of those shipments.”

With the newly imposed rules, the country will hopefully see less environmental disasters in the future — or at least — quickly trace back the responsible party.