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EPA Issues Proposed Exemption to F019 Hazardous Waste Listing

Release Date: 01/12/2007
Contact Information: Roxanne Smith, (202) 564-4355 / smith.roxanne@epa.gov

(1/12/07) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to amend the F019 hazardous waste listing to facilitate the use of aluminum in automobiles, light trucks and utility vehicles. This action will encourage the production of more fuel-efficient vehicles by reducing the barriers to producing vehicles using lighter aluminum parts.

F019 is one of EPA's F-code RCRA hazardous waste listings, which includes waste that is generated from common industrial and manufacturing processes. The proposed amendment exempts F019 waste generated in the auto manufacturing industry from regulation on the condition that the waste is disposed of in a landfill unit that meets certain liner design criteria. Using aluminum parts instead of heavier steel or iron parts produces lighter vehicles capable of decreased exhaust air emissions and increased gas mileage. The proposal should be published in the Federal Register in about two weeks.

For more information, go to the Proposed Listing Exemption for F019 Wastewater Treatment Sludge Web site: epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/id/f019/f019.htm