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EPA/SWER RIN: 2050-AG39 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
Title: Amendment to the Universal Waste Rule: Addition of Pharmaceuticals 
Abstract: On December 2, 2008, EPA proposed to add hazardous pharmaceutical wastes to the federal universal waste program. The universal waste regulations streamline the collection requirements for specified hazardous wastes over current Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste requirements. Even if included under the universal waste program, pharmaceutical universal wastes will still need to be sent to destination facilities that must comply with the applicable requirements for treatment, storage and disposal facilities under the full hazardous waste regulations. Finally, because this rule is less stringent than current RCRA hazardous waste regulations, authorized states are not required to modify their programs to adopt this regulation, if finalized. 
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 and 261    40 CFR 264 and 265    40 CFR 268    40 CFR 270    40 CFR 273   
Legal Authority: 42 USC 6912(a)    42 USC 6921 to 6924    42 USC 6926 and 6927    42 USC 6930    42 USC 6937   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/02/2008  73 FR 73520   
NPRM Extension of Comment Period  01/30/2009  74 FR 5633   
Final Action  To Be Determined    
Additional Information: EPA publication information: NPRM -; EPA Docket information: EPA-HQ-RCRA-2007-0932
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: 44611 Pharmacies and Drug Stores; 54194 Veterinary Services; 562111 Solid Waste Collection; 562112 Hazardous Waste Collection; 562119 Other Waste Collection; 562211 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal; 562212 Solid Waste Landfill; 562213 Solid Waste Combustors and Incinerators; 562219 Other Nonhazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal; 6211 Offices of Physicians; 6212 Offices of Dentists; 6213 Offices of Other Health Practitioners; 6214 Outpatient Care Centers; 6219 Other Ambulatory Health Care Services; 622 Hospitals; 623 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lisa Lauer
Environmental Protection Agency
Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:703 308-7418
Fax:703 308-0514

Jessica Young
Environmental Protection Agency
Solid Waste and Emergency Response
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 5304T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-0522