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Be prepared for hazardous waste manifest changes in June

Posted March 1, 2018

EPA’s changes to the Uniform Hazardous Waste System are scheduled to occur on June 30, 2018. That’s when the paper manifest will go from a 6-ply to a 5-ply form. The new format does not affect the data you fill out on the form, but does affect the form’s final destinations. In the past, copies of the manifest stayed with the generator, the transporter(s), and the disposal facility, and copies were sent to the generator’s state and to the receiving state. Now, instead of going to the states, one copy will be sent to federal EPA.

EPA plans to enter the information from the manifests into a central, publicly accessible database.

You will also have the option of using EPA’s new electronic hazardous waste manifest system, called e-Manifest. While you will be able to access electronic manifests on EPA’s website, be sure to work with your treatment, storage, and disposal facility to ensure a smooth transition. EPA will begin charging these facilities for every manifest submitted to the federal database; in turn, the facilities will pass on the costs to you.

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