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September 2006


Safety-Kleen assists customers with hazardous waste manifest changes

Plano, TX— Compliance with new, hazardous waste manifesting requirements is approaching and Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc. is moving forward to make the transition easy for their customers.

In 2005, United Sates Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Department of Transportation published a final rule mandating the use of a new Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest (UHWM). Beginning September 5, 2006, all shipments of hazardous waste must use the new UHWM.

While all states are required to use the federal manifest form, without exception, some states are also adding state-specific requirements to the federal program, such as outlining the procedure for returning UHWM forms following completion of a hazardous waste shipment.

These state-specific requirements are expected to be relatively minor, but many states have yet to finalize their regulations. Regardless of when an individual state adopts final manifesting rules or regulations, the new federal UHWM form goes into effect on September 5 in all 50 states.

“Safety-Kleen has been working closely with the EPA and states to prepare the support systems necessary to implement the UHWM program, including meeting state-specific requirements,” Longshore said. “After September 5, shippers will need to check with their waste services provider to ensure that the proper manifesting procedures for their state are being followed, or else risk being out of compliance.”

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