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EPA/OLEM RIN: 2050-AH24 Publication ID: Spring 2023 
Title: Revisions to Standards for the Open Burning/Open Detonation of Waste Explosives  
Abstract: This rulemaking will consider revisions to the regulations that allow for the open burning and detonation (OB/OD) of waste explosives. The allowance or “variance” to the prohibition on the open burning of hazardous waste was established at a time when there were no alternatives to the safe disposal of waste explosives. However, recent findings from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the EPA have determined that safe alternatives are now available for many energetic/explosive waste streams. Because there are safe alternatives in use today that capture and treat emissions prior to release, the EPA is considering revising regulations to promote the broader use of these alternatives, where applicable. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 264 and 265   
Legal Authority: 40 CFR 131    42 U.S.C. 6924   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/00/2023 
Final Rule  09/00/2024 
Additional Information: .
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Sectors Affected: 325920 Explosives Manufacturing; 56221 Waste Treatment and Disposal; 562211 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal; 56291 Remediation Services; 562910 Remediation Services; 926150 Regulation, Licensing, and Inspection of Miscellaneous Commercial Sectors 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Paul Diss
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Land and Emergency Management
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 5303T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-0321

Sasha Gerhard
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Land and Emergency Management
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 5304T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-0346
Fax:703 308-8686