Continued Progress Toward State Adoption of HWGIR
On November 28, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a rule finalizing a much-needed update to the hazardous waste generator regulations, making the rules easier to understand, facilitating improved compliance, providing enhanced flexibility in hazardous waste management, and closing gaps in the regulations.
Each month, as states work toward putting the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule into effect, Clean Earth is tracking the status of rulemaking, including timelines for public comment and adoption.
Anticipated rulemaking by December 2021
- Missouri: Currently drafting the rule. Proposed rule to be published late summer 2021 with the final rule to go into effect in 2021. Public hearing and comment in late summer 2021, and stakeholder meetings to be held during summer 2021 as well.
- Nebraska: Rulemaking is in internal discussions. A proposed rule was published in summer 2021 with public hearing and comment also in summer 2021. Final rule to go into effect in late 2021.
- New Hampshire: Issuing rules in two parts: Part 1 has been completed, and part 2 is in internal discussions. The proposed rule will be published in 2021. Public hearing and comment as well as the final rule will also go into effect in 2021.
- Oregon: The rule is in public comment period. The proposed rule was published June 29, 2021. Comments due by August 13, 2021, and public hearings to be held on August 4 and 5, 2021. There will be a committee meeting in September 2021 and the final rule will go into effect in late 2021.
- Vermont: The rule is in public comment period. The proposed rule was published on July 7, 2021. Public hearing will be on August 10, 2021, and comments are due by August 20, 2021. Rule to go into effect in fall 2021.
- Washington, D.C.: Drafting the rule is currently on hold (adopting by reference). Public comment in second half of 2021 with final rule to go into effect in 2021.
Anticipated rulemaking after December 2021
- Minnesota: Currently drafting the rule (adding it to previously proposed rulemaking: Land-Related Housekeeping Amendments). Proposed rule to be published in December 2021 with public hearing and comment also in December 2021. Final rule to go into effect in 2022.
- New York: Currently drafting the rule. The date the proposed rule will publish is not yet determined (multi-agency reviews required/up to six months). Written comments accepted until further notice, with formal public comment period in summer 2021. Final rule to go into effect in 2022.
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