EPA Issues Final Rule Revising RCRA Standards for Cathode Ray Tubes Exported for Reclamation


On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) strengthening the standards for cathode ray tubes (CRTs) exported for reclamation. 79 Fed. Reg. 36220. The revised standards take effect on December 26, 2014. EPA believes that these changes will allow it to obtain additional information to track better exports of CRTs for reuse and recycling so as to ensure the safe management of CRTs. The changes were recommended by the Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship, which consists of 16 federal agencies, in its July 2011 report entitled National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship. The rule makes four broad changes: (1) it adds a definition of "CRT exporter" to eliminate potential confusion over which parties are required to fulfill CRT export duties; (2) it requires information on all interim and final destinations for CRTs exported for recycling to provide more complete information to receiving countries; (3) CRT exports are, for the first time required to file annual reports with EPA to provide more accurate information on the total quantity of CRTs exported for recycling during a calendar year; (4) the rule replaces the one-time notice for used CRTs exported for reuse with an expanded, periodic notice to improve tracking, and thus better management, of these CRTs.


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