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EPA/SWER RIN: 2050-AE51 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
Title: Modifications to RCRA Rules Associated With Solvent-Contaminated Industrial Wipes 
Abstract: In 2003, EPA proposed to modify the RCRA hazardous waste regulations for management of solvent-contaminated industrial wipes. EPA proposed to conditionally exclude wipes that are disposed of from the definition of hazardous waste and to conditionally exclude laundered wipes from the definition of solid waste. Based on comments received on the proposal, EPA revised its risk analysis used to evaluate the risks to human health and the environment if solvent-contaminated wipes or laundry sludge are disposed of in a municipal solid waste landfill. A Notice of Data Availability was published in the Federal Register to allow the public the opportunity to comment on the revised risk analysis. If finalized, this regulation will impact the management of two types of solvent-contaminated wipes: (1) wipes disposed of in land disposal units or by combustion after use, and (2) wipes that are laundered after use to remove the solvent and then are used again. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 261   
Legal Authority: 42 USC 6921   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/20/2003  68 FR 65586   
Notice of Data Availability  10/27/2009  74 FR 55163   
Extension of Comment Period  12/15/2009  74 FR 66259   
Final Action  07/00/2012    
Additional Information: EPA publication information: NPRM -; EPA Docket information: EPA-HQ-RCRA-2003-0004
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
Sectors Affected: 323 Printing and Related Support Activities; 325 Chemical Manufacturing; 332 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing; 333 Machinery Manufacturing; 334 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing; 336 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing; 337 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing; 441 Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers; 811 Repair and Maintenance; 812 Personal and Laundry Services 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Charlotte Mooney
Environmental Protection Agency
Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:703 308-7025
Fax:703 308-0514