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EPA/OLEM RIN: 2050-AG93 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: Modernizing Ignitable Liquids Determinations 

In this proposed rule, EPA is considering updating the flash point test methods for the determination of characteristically ignitable hazardous waste along with other minor changes. Currently, the required test methods refer to outdated standards developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM standards) and require instrumentation that is no longer readily commercially available. For example, the standards require the use of mercury thermometers, which are becoming more difficult to acquire due to the use and availability being phased out for environmental and health and safety concerns. A proposed update to the flash point test methods will allow for the use of commercially available instrumentation and will no longer require mercury thermometers. EPA is also proposing to remove the requirements for mercury thermometers in the SW-846 air sampling and stack emissions methods. In addition, EPA intends to solicit public input on the alcohol exclusion for ignitable aqueous alcohols and whether a revision is necessary to improve existing waste management practices.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 261   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6912    42 U.S.C. 6921(a), RCRA 3001(a)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2018 
Final Rule  01/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Sectors Affected: 221118 Other Electric Power Generation; 324110 Petroleum Refineries; 541330 Engineering Services; 541380 Testing Laboratories; 541620 Environmental Consulting Services; 541712 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology); 561990 All Other Support Services; 562211 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Daniel Fagnant
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Land and Emergency Management
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Mail Code 5304P,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:703 308-0319

Melissa Kaps
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Land and Emergency Management
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 5304P,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:703 308-6787