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EPA SETS UNIVERSAL TREATMENT STANDARDS FOR HAZARDOUS WASTES

Release Date: 08/11/94
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 1994

EPA SETS UNIVERSAL TREATMENT STANDARDS FOR HAZARDOUS WASTES

On July 29, EPA set final universal treatment standards for most hazardous wastes regulated under the land disposal restrictions of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The land disposal restrictions require hazardous wastes to be treated prior to land disposal. The new rule, proposed in September l993, streamlines the existing set of treatment standards by setting universal treatment standards for over 200 constituents, regardless of the waste in which it is found. In addition, the rule establishes treatment standards for 42 new wastes, including coke by-product and chlorotoluene wastes. The final rule will be published in the Federal Register soon. The general public can get additional information by calling EPA's waste hotline at 1-800-424-9346.