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February 2007

EPA proposes exemption to F019 hazardous waste

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend the F019 hazardous waste listing to facilitate the usen of aluminum in automobiles, light trucks and utility vehicles. This action will encourage the production of more fuel-efficient vehicles by reducing the barriers to producing vehicles using lighter aluminum parts.

The proposed amendment exempts F019 waste generated in the auto manufacturing industry from regulation on the condition that the waste is disposed of in a landfill unit that meets certain liner design criteria. Using aluminum parts instead of heavier steel or iron parts produces lighter vehicles capable of decreased exhaust air emissions and increased gas mileage. The proposal should be published in the Federal Register in about two weeks.

For more information, visit the Proposed Listing Exemption for F019 Wastewater Treatment Sludge website at www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/id/f019/f019.htm.


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