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Technical Corrections to the Standards Applicable to Generators of Hazardous Waste; Alternative Requirements for Hazardous Waste Determination and Accumulation of Unwanted Material at Laboratories Owned by Colleges and Universities and Other Eligible Academic Entities Formally Affiliated With Colleges and Universities

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Proposed rule.


EPA is proposing six technical corrections to an alternative set of hazardous waste generator requirements known as the “Academic Laboratories rule” or “Subpart K” which is applicable to laboratories owned by eligible academic entities. These changes correct errors published in the Academic Laboratories Final rule, including omissions and redundancies, as well as remove an obsolete reference to the Performance Track program which has been terminated. These technical corrections will improve the clarity of the Academic Laboratories rule.


Written comments must be received by January 19, 2011.


Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2003-0012 by one of the following methods:

  • Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
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Kristin Fitzgerald, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, (5304P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; (703) 308-8286;

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I. Why is EPA issuing this proposed rule?

EPA is proposing six technical corrections that clarify the Academic Laboratories rule. In the “Rules and Regulations” section of today's Federal Register, EPA is making these technical corrections as a Direct Final rule without a prior Proposed rule because we view this as a noncontroversial action and anticipate no adverse comment. We have explained our reasons for this action in the preamble to the Direct Final rule. If we receive no adverse comment on any of the individual changes we are promulgating today, we will not take further action on this Proposed rule. If, however, we receive such comment, we will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register to notify the public that those technical corrections of the Direct Final rule for which the Agency received adverse comment will not take effect, and the reason for such withdrawal. We do not intend to institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. For further information, please see the information provided in the ADDRESSES section of this document.Start Printed Page 79329

II. Does this action apply to me?

This rule proposes to amend subpart K of 40 CFR part 262. Entities potentially affected by this action are any of the following which generate hazardous waste in laboratories: (1) Colleges and universities; (2) non-profit research institutes that are either owned by or have a formal written affiliation agreement with a college or university; and (3) teaching hospitals that are either owned by or have a formal written affiliation agreement with a college or university.

NAICS Codes of Entities Potentially Affected by This Proposed Rule

NAICS codesDescription of NAICS code
Colleges and Universities:
6112, 61121, 611210Junior Colleges.
6113, 61131, 611310Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools.
6115, 61151Technical and Trade Schools.
611519Other Technical and Trade Schools.
61161, 611610Fine Arts Schools.
Teaching Hospitals:
54194, 541940Veterinary Services (Animal Hospitals).
6221, 62211, 622110General Medical and Surgical Hospitals.
6222, 62221, 622210Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals.
6223, 62231, 622310Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals.
Non-profit Research Institutes:
5417, 54171, 541710Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences.
54172, 541720Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

For a complete discussion of all the administrative requirements applicable to this action, see the Direct Final rule in the “Rules and Regulations” section of this Federal Register.

A. Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) generally requires an agency to prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis of any rule subject to the notice and comment rulemaking requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act or any other statute unless the agency certifies that the rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Small entities include small businesses, small organizations, and small governmental jurisdictions.

For purposes of assessing the impacts of today's proposed rule on small entities, small entity is defined as: (1) A small business as defined by the Small Business Administrations' regulations at 13 CFR 121.201; (2) a small governmental jurisdiction that is a government of a city, county, town, school district or special district with a population of less than 50,000; and (3) a small organization that is any not-for-profit enterprise which is independently owned and operated and is not dominant in its field.

After considering the economic impact of today's Proposed Rule on small entities, I certify that this action will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This action does not create any new regulatory requirements, but rather makes technical corrections to subpart K of the hazardous waste generator regulations. Although this Proposed rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, EPA nonetheless has tried to reduce the impact of this Proposed rule on small entities.

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 262

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Dated: December 13, 2010.

Mathy Stanislaus,

Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

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[FR Doc. 2010-31744 Filed 12-17-10; 8:45 am]