EPA to Alter Specifications for Waste Manifest Forms

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The Environmental Protection Agency will publish a direct final rule June 22 to allow red or other colored ink as well as other methods of distinguishing distribution notations on hazardous waste manifest forms. The rule will modify printing specifications under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act hazardous waste manifest regulations (40 C.F.R. 262.21) to permit red ink, as well as other distinct colors, or other methods to distinguish copy distribution notations from the rest of the printed form, EPA said. The manifest printing regulations previously required the forms to be printed in black ink except for marginal notations identifying copy distribution requirements, which were required to be printed in red. The change will allow authorized manifest form printers to use other methods, such as highlighting, to distinguish the copy distribution notations, EPA said. The rule will affect authorized printers of hazardous waste manifest forms, the agency said. States will not be affected by the action because they do not currently print these forms. The rule will be effective Aug. 22, unless EPA receives adverse comments by July 22. Comments may be submitted at www.regulations.gov under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2001-0032. More information on the direct final rule related to hazardous waste manifest printing specifications is available by contacting Bryce Groce at EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery at (703) 308-8750 or groce.bryan@epa.gov or Richard LaShier in the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery at (703) 308-8796 or lashier.rich@epa.gov.