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Definition of Solid Waste

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Extension of comment period.

SUMMARY:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is announcing an extension to the comment period for the proposed rule on the definition of solid waste published in the Federal Register on July 22, 2011. EPA is proposing to revise certain exclusions from the definition of solid waste for hazardous secondary materials intended for reclamation that would otherwise be regulated under subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The purpose of these proposed revisions is to ensure that the recycling regulations, as implemented, encourage reclamation in a way that does not result in increased risk to human health and the environment from discarded hazardous secondary material. The comment period is being extended to October 20, 2011.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before by October 20, 2011.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2010-0742 by one of the following methods:

  • http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-mail: Comments may be sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to RCRA-docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2010-0742.
  • Fax: Fax comments to: 202-566-9744, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2010-0742.
  • Mail: Send comments to: OSWER Docket, EPA Docket Center, Mail Code 28221T, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2010-0742. Please include two copies of your comments. In addition, please mail a copy of your comments on the information collection provisions to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attn: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th St., Washington, DC 20503.
  • Hand delivery: Deliver two copies of your comments to: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2010-0742. Such deliveries are only accepted during the docket's normal hours of operation and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-RCRA-2010-0742. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, such as CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically at http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the OSWER Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room and the OSWER Docket is (202) 566-1744.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For more detailed information on specific aspects of this rulemaking, contact Marilyn Goode, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, MC 5304P, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, (703) 308-8800, (goode.marilyn@epa.gov) or Tracy Atagi, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, MC 5304P, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, at (703) 308-8672 (atagi.tracy@epa.gov). For information on the public meetings on this proposal scheduled for September 12, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA and for September 15, 2011 in Chicago, IL, please contact Amanda Geldard, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, MC 5304P, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, at 703-347-8975 geldard.amanda@epa.gov. Information regarding these public meetings will also be posted at EPA's Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/​epawaste/​hazard/​dsw/​rulemaking.htm.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This document extends the public comment period established in the Federal Register for 30 days from September 20, 2011 to October 20, 2011. In that Federal Register notice, EPA proposed revising certain exclusions from the definition of solid waste for hazardous secondary materials intended for reclamation that would otherwise be regulated under subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (76 FR 44094). The purpose of these proposed revisions is to ensure that the recycling regulations, as implemented, Start Printed Page 53377encourage reclamation in a way that does not result in increased risk to human health and the environment from discarded hazardous secondary material. Several requests were received from potential commentors, to extend the comment period. EPA is hereby extending the comment period, which was set to end on September 20, 2011, to October 20, 2011.

To submit comments, or access the docket, please follow the detailed instructions as provided under ADDRESSES. If you have questions, consult the individuals listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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Dated: August 22, 2011.

Suzanne Rudzinski,

Director, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

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[FR Doc. 2011-21931 Filed 8-25-11; 8:45 am]

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