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Hazardous Waste Management System; Modification of the Hazardous Waste Program; Mercury Containing Equipment; Final Rule

Federal Register, August 5, 2005, Page 45507-45522


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Final rule


Today's final rule adds mercury-containing equipment to the federal list of universal wastes regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations. Handlers of universal wastes are subject to less stringent standards for storing, transporting, and collecting these wastes. EPA has concluded that regulating spent mercury-containing equipment as a universal waste will lead to better management of this equipment and will facilitate compliance with hazardous waste requirements.


This final rule is effective on August 5, 2005


EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. RCRA-2004-0012. All documents in the docket are listed in the EDOCKET index at Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, i.e., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available materials are available either electronically in EDOCKET, or in hard copy at the HQ EPA Docket Center, RCRA Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the RCRA Docket is (202) 566-0270.

Further Information

Kathy Blanton, Office of Solid Waste (5304W), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone number: (703) 605-0761; fax number: (703) 308-0514; email: