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EPA/SWER RIN: 2050-AG20 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
Title: Hazardous Waste Manifest Revisions--Standards and Procedures for Electronic Manifests 
Abstract: This action is aimed at finalizing the development of EPA's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulatory standards and procedures that will govern the initiation, signing, transmittal, and retention of hazardous waste manifests using electronic documents and systems. There are a total of 5.1 million manifests processed each year, including state-defined hazardous waste paper manifests. EPA proposed electronic manifest standards in May 2001 as part of a more general manifest revision action that also addressed standardizing the paper manifest form's data elements and procedures (EPA Form 8700-22). The manifest form revisions were decoupled from action on the electronic manifest, and the Final Form Revisions Rule was published in the Federal Register on March 4, 2005. The May 2001 electronic manifest proposed rule was a standards-based decentralized approach under which EPA would establish and maintain the standards that would guide the development of electronic manifest systems by private sector entities that chose to participate in the system. However, since publication of the May 2001 proposed rule, EPA found that there is a broad consensus in favor of a single national "eManifest" system sponsored by EPA, rather than assorted de-centralized commercial systems. Subsequently, in May 2004, EPA conducted a manifest stakeholder meeting to collect additional stakeholder views on the future direction of eManifest. Based on public comment on the 2001 proposed electronic standards and stakeholder feedback at the May 2004 meeting, EPA published a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) on 18 April 2006 announcing EPA's preferred approach to develop a centralized web-based eManifest system to be hosted on EPA's Central Data Exchange (CDX) computer hub. However, EPA's ability to publish this final rule will depend on the passing of legislation that would provide EPA with authority to collect and retain user charges for the payment of the development and operation costs related to the eManifest system. 
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 260    40 CFR 262    40 CFR 263    40 CFR 264    40 CFR 265    40 CFR 271   
Legal Authority: 42 USC 6922    42 USC 6923    42 USC 6924    42 USC 6926    PL 105-277   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM Original  05/22/2001  66 FR 28240   
Notice of Public Meeting  04/01/2004  69 FR 17145   
NODA  04/18/2006  71 FR 19842   
NODA #2  02/26/2008  73 FR 10204   
Final Action  To Be Determined    
Additional Information: EPA publication information: NPRM Original -; Split from RIN 2050-AE21.; EPA Docket information: EPA-HQ-RCRA-2001-0032
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: 2111 Oil and Gas Extraction; 2122 Metal Ore Mining; 2211 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution; 3221 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills; 323 Printing and Related Support Activities; 325 Chemical Manufacturing; 326 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing; 331 Primary Metal Manufacturing; 332 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing; 482 Rail Transportation; 483 Water Transportation; 484 Truck Transportation; 5621 Waste Collection; 5622 Waste Treatment and Disposal 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Rich LaShier
Environmental Protection Agency
Solid Waste and Emergency Response
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 5304P,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:703 308-8796
Fax:703 308-0514

Bryan Groce
Environmental Protection Agency
Solid Waste and Emergency Response
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 5303T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-0339