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08/23/2010REGULATION OF UNUSED DERMAL NICOTINE PATCHESMemo
 Description: Unused dermal patches containing nicotine would be regulated as a listed hazardous waste when disposed. Nicotine in finished dosage forms, such as tablets or capsules, is regulated because it is a commercial chemical product formulation containing nicotine as the sole active ingredient. EPA views transdermal patches as an analogous dosage form. However, after the patch has been applied and removed, it has been used for its intended purpose and therefore would not be listed hazardous waste when discarded. EPA does not view dermal patches to be “manufactured articles”. This letter supersedes an earlier response that was included in a report for the RCRA, Superfund & EPCRA Hotline, RCRA/UST, Superfund and EPCRA Monthly Hotline Report, April 1995 (RO 13741, page 1).
 
01/15/2010MANAGEMENT OF CONTAMINATED HUMAN REMAINS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS FROM HOMELAND SECURITY EVENTSMemo
 Description: EPA does not consider RCRA to apply to human remains that are cremated or buried. EPA also does not consider RCRA to apply to contaminated human remains from a biological, radiological, or nuclear event. Most personal effects generated from a Homeland Security event would be exempt from the federal hazardous waste requirements pursuant to the household hazardous waste exemption.
 
10/01/2008Protéjase usted mismo, y proteja a los demás: Métodos seguros para la eliminación de agujas en el entorno doméstico (Spanish - Protect Yourself, Protect Others: Safe Options for Home Needle Disposal)Publication
 Description: This document is the Spanish translation of Protect Yourself, Protect Others: Safe Options for Home Needle Disposal (EPA530-F-06-014). It provides recommended options for self-injectors to safely dispose of needles at home and while traveling.
 
06/01/2006Protect Yourself, Protect Others: Safe Options for Home Needle DisposalPublication
 Description: This document provides recommended options for self-injectors to safely dispose of needles at home and while traveling.
 
10/01/2004Community Options for Safe Needle DisposalPublication
 Description: This document discusses safe, convenient disposal options that states and municipalities can offer to sharps users.
 
07/01/2004Protect Yourself, Protect Others: Safe Options for Home Needle Disposal (Chinese Translation)Publication
 Description: This document is the Chinese translation of Protect Yourself, Protect Others: Safe Options for Home Needle Disposal (EPA530-F-04-004). It provides recommended options for self-injectors to safely dispose of needles at home and while traveling.
 
09/24/1999ESTABLISHMENT OF MEDICAL WASTE REGULATIONSMemo
 Description: Under the Medical Waste Tracking Act (MWTA) of 1988, EPA created a two-year regulatory program which tracked transportation of medical waste from cradle to grave. Based on information collected during the demonstration program, EPA concluded that medical waste presents more of an occupational concern than a generalized environmental concern. OSHA regulates occupational exposure to blood and certain other body fluids (29 CFR 1910.1030). OSHA has proposed standards to regulate occupational exposure to tuberculosis.
 
09/01/1999Handle with Care: How to Throw Out Used Insulin Syringes and Lancets at Home; A Booklet for Young People with Diabetes and Their FamiliesPublication
 Description: Offers easy directions and illustrations on how to protect family members and waste handlers from injury, while keeping the environment clean and safe.
 
02/19/1997MEDICAL WASTE TREATMENT TECHNOLOGIESMemo
 Description: Neither EPA nor OSHA approve or endorse treatment technologies for medical waste.Only devices that use chemicals and claim antimicrobial activity are required to register with EPA under FIFRA for a label claim. Medical devices must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they are marketed or sold. EPA has proposed air emission standards for new and existing medical waste incinerators, but no federal regulations state that combustion is the only acceptable treatment method for medical waste. The disposal of medical waste is regulated at the state level.
 
02/01/1997FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON MIXED WASTEQuestion & Answer
 Description: Mixed waste (MW) is waste with a hazardous waste component and a radioactive component. MW is jointly regulated by both RCRA and the Atomic Energy Act (AEA).MW is regulated by EPA, DOE, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). MW is typically generated by nuclear power plants, industrial sites, research labs, and medical institutions. MW is subject to the land disposal restrictions (LDR). If no special MW treatment standard is listed, MW is subject to the normal treatment standard for the waste code. AEA regulations take precedence over RCRA regulations when they conflict.
 
05/15/1995MEDICAL WASTE TRACKING ACTMemo
 Description: Discusses background on the development of the medical waste tracking program. The 2-year demonstration program was in effect in five states from June 1989 to June 1991.
 
11/23/1994APPLICABILITY OF RCRA REGULATIONS REGARDING LARGE QUANTITY GENERATORS, TO THE VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTERMemo
 Description: A generator who generates less than 100 kg of hazardous waste and more than 1000 kg of state regulated medical waste would not lose conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) status under federal law. State regulations may be broader in scope and facilities must comply (SEE ALSO: 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
11/15/1994NSPS AND EMISSIONS GUIDELINES FOR MUNICIPAL INCINERATIONMemo
 Description: Clean Air Act standards for medical waste incinerators (New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and Emissions Guidelines (EG)) are expected to be proposed in February 1995. The DOT regulation of medical waste and materials infectious to animals are expected to be effective on 10/1/95 (SEE ALSO: 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
08/09/1994STATUS OF MEDIAL WASTE UNDER RCRAMemo
 Description: Medical waste is not regulated as a hazardous waste under RCRA unless it exhibits a characteristic or is listed. Notification and consent for import or export of hazardous wastes is not required for medical wastes that are not hazardous (SEE ALSO: 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
10/05/1993RESPONSE REGARDING NEEDLESTICK INJURIES IN THE SHARPS RECYCLING INDUSTRYMemo
 Description: EPA plans to update Disposal Tips for Home Health Care to emphasize that containers in which sharps are disposed should not be recycled.
 
02/04/1993PURPOSE OF HOME HEATH CARE BOOKLETMemo
 Description: Containers that are made of recyclable materials that hold sharps (i.e., syringes and needles) cannot be recycled (SEE ALSO: 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
11/06/1992QUESTIONNAIRE ON HOSPITAL WASTE MANAGEMENTMemo
 Description: Provides a questionnaire on hospital waste management and a 24-page overview of medical waste regulation and management in the U.S. (SEE ALSO: 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
06/12/1992REGULATIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS WHICH APPLY TO THE DISPOSAL OF BLOODBORN PATHOGENSMemo
 Description: The two-year medical waste demonstration program is no longer effective. EPA does not currently regulate the disposal of medical waste. Discusses USPS and DOT jurisdiction over the mailing and packaging of medical waste (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
02/01/1992MEDICAL WASTE TRACKING ACT DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMQuestion & Answer
 Description: Discusses the status of the five-state medical waste tracking program, which expired June 1991. The first and second interim reports were submitted in May and December 1990. The third and final report is expected late 1992 (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; June 29, 1995).
 
11/14/1991THE BASEL CONVENTION AND UNTREATED MEDICAL WASTE IMPORTATIONMemo
 Description: There are no federal regulations prohibiting the importation of medical waste. The enactment of legislation implementing the Basel Convention could change the status of imported medical waste (SEE ALSO: 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
08/16/1991MAILING MEDICAL WASTE THROUGH THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICEMemo
 Description: Small generators of medical waste are allowed to ship sharps via USPS. Addresses the USPS requirements for packaging and identifying medical waste (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
07/02/1991DISPOSAL OF USED SYRINGESMemo
 Description: Addresses the treatment methods for used syringes. There is no federal regulation of medical waste for states not participating in the demonstration program (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
05/17/1991PROPER DISPOSAL OF MEDICAL WASTE GENERATED DURING HOME CHILDBIRTHMemo
 Description: Provides guidance on the disposal of medical waste generated during home childbirth (SEE ALSO: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
12/15/1990Medical Waste Management in the United States: Second Interim Report to Congress; Executive SummaryPublication
 Description: This document outlines the Second Interim Report to Congress on Medical Waste Management in the United States. The executive summary briefly describes the five integrated components of EPA's medical waste program, which includes a tracking system, management program, information gathering, research and analysis, education, outreach and training program, and enforcement strategy. An update is provided on the progress in the characterization of generation and management of medical waste, and development of guidelines for home health care waste.
 
09/20/1990INTERPRETATIONS OF THE EPA MEDICAL WASTE REGULATIONS (NUMBERS 50-63)Memo
 Description: Includes the sixth set of medical waste Qs and As and addresses federal, state, and local medical waste regulations. Discusses generator v. transporter responsibility for pretransport requirements. No semiannual report is required for generators and destination facilities. No permit is required for a medical waste disposal facility (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
09/13/1990SEMI-ANNUAL MEDICAL WASTE TRANSPORTER REPORTMemo
 Description: Transporters who carry medical waste from covered states must notify EPA. Discusses the notification of discrepancies in an addressee's semiannual medical waste transporter report (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
09/07/1990APPLICABILITY OF EXCLUSION FOR REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE THAT HAS BEEN TREATED AND DESTROYEDMemo
 Description: A medical and disinfectant waste mixture should first be evaluated against the hazardous waste criteria. Used and unused sharps are regulated medical waste. Provides definitions of treated and destroyed. Crushing is not destruction (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
09/07/1990APPLICABILITY OF PART 259 TO WASTES FROM QUALITY CONTROL PROCEDURESMemo
 Description: Autoclaving is treatment but not the destruction of regulated medical waste. Autoclaved regulated medical waste is still subject to Part 259 requirements until it is destroyed. Quality control procedures performed on medical products could produce regulated medical waste (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
09/07/1990CONSOLIDATION OF REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE FROM INDEPENDENT PHYSICIANSMemo
 Description: Addresses the definition of generator. Multiple medical waste generators at one site are individually liable. If such wastes are commingled, the generators could be jointly and severally liable. SQGs are eligible for certain exemptions (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
09/05/1990DEFINITION OF CONTAINER UNDER PART 259Memo
 Description: Discusses the regulated medical waste packaging requirements. A needle sheath for used sharps does not meet the Part 259 definition of container (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
08/08/1990APPLICABILITY OF MEDICAL WASTE REGULATIONS TO INCONTINENCE PRODUCTSMemo
 Description: Waste from the treatment of incontinence is not specifically designated as medical waste but may be regulated when it is contaminated with blood or other regulated body fluids (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
07/17/1990SPLIT SHIPMENTS OF REGULATED MEDICAL WASTEMemo
 Description: EPA cannot approve procedure for splitting load of regulated medical waste. The transporter must deliver entire quantity to the intermediate handler or destination facility listed on the tracking form or the next transporter (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
07/11/1990APPLICABILITY OF EXCLUSION FOR REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE THAT HAS BEEN TREATED AND DESTROYEDMemo
 Description: Part 259 does not contain medical waste disposal standards (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95). Encapsulation does not meet the destruction requirement.
 
07/11/1990APPLICABILITY OF PART 259 TO WASTES GENERATED FROM THE PRODUCTION OR TESTING OF PRODUCTS CONTAINING BIOLOGICALS OR BODY FLUIDSMemo
 Description: Wastes from the production or testing of diagnostic test kits and pharmaceuticals that contain biologicals or body fluids are regulated medical waste (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
07/10/1990APPLICABILITY OF PART 259 TO WASTES GENERATED IN THE TESTING OF BIOLOGICALS AND PHARMACEUTICALSMemo
 Description: Certain cytotoxic drugs are listed hazardous waste. Medical product testing (e.g., biologicals such as vaccines and cultures, and pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics and eye drops) may generate regulated medical waste. Compaction is not destruction. Liquid wastes disposed through a sewer are not subject to Part 259 (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
07/02/1990SHARPS ARE CLASS 4 REGULATED MEDICAL WASTEMemo
 Description: EPA does not have the authority to approve medical treatment technologies and does not endorse specific commercial products. Containment and/or management of medical waste at point of generation is regulated by OSHA (SEE ALSO: 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
06/24/1990NO TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR SHARPS CONTAINERSMemo
 Description: Discussion of OSHA jurisdiction over medical waste management within facilities versus EPA jurisdiction over disposal. EPA has established performance standards for leak- and puncture-resistant containers, rather than test methods (SEE ALSO: 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
06/21/1990IMPACT OF THE MEDICAL WASTE REGULATIONS ON THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRYMemo
 Description: Wastes generated during agricultural activities (e.g., treatment of animals and production or testing of biologicals) which meet the definition of regulated medical waste are subject to Part 259 (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
06/21/1990REGULATION OF ANIMAL CARCASSES UNDER PART 259Memo
 Description: Animal carcass suspected of harboring infectious disease (e.g., rabies) is regulated medical waste when disposed (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
06/18/1990MAILING SHARPS UNDER THE MEDICAL WASTE PROGRAMMemo
 Description: Discussion of the general packaging and labeling requirements for treated versus untreated medical waste. Discussion of the transporter exemption when mailing sharps through USPS (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
05/11/1990APPLICABILITY OF MEDICAL WASTE REGULATIONS TO INCONTINENCE PRODUCTSMemo
 Description: Items used in the treatment of incontinence are not specifically listed as regulated medical waste. They may be regulated if contaminated with blood or other regulated body fluids, or if contaminated with fluids from humans with highly communicable diseases.
 
05/09/1990CHEMICAL WEAPON AGENT RELEASEMemo
 Description: Human remains and personal effects contaminated with chemical weapons are considered exempt household hazardous waste. Medical waste regulations exclude human corpses, remains, and anatomical parts that are intended for interment or cremation (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
05/07/1990APPLICABILITY OF MEDICAL WASTE REGULATIONS TO INCONTINENCE PRODUCTSMemo
 Description: Waste from the treatment of incontinence is not specifically designated as a medical waste, but may be regulated if contaminated with regulated medical waste (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
04/22/1990MEDICAL WASTE GENERATED DURING EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICESMemo
 Description: Regulated and non-regulated medical waste (MW) packaged together is subject to Part 259. Waste segregation is encouraged, not required. MW generated during emergency medical services is regulated MW. Discussion of the SQG exemption;. Unused glass vacuum tubes are not regulated MW (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
04/20/1990MEDICAL WASTE TREATMENT AND DESTRUCTION EXCLUSIONMemo
 Description: There is no EPA authority to approve and/or disapprove medical waste treatment technologies. Medical waste that has been both treated and destroyed is no longer subject to tracking requirements. Chemical disinfection followed by encapsulation in plastic bottle is insufficient (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
04/20/1990PACKAGING REQUIREMENTS FOR SHARPSMemo
 Description: Medical waste packaging requirements for sharps (Class 4) are performance standards. A corrugated box may not meet all packaging requirements. The objective is to ensure containment without leakage or release and to provide flexibility in meeting standards (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
04/16/1990EXCLUSION FOR REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE RESIDUES FROM TREATMENT AND DESTRUCTION PROCESSES- DESTRUCTION CRITERIONMemo
 Description: Medical waste is subject to regulation until it has been both treated and destroyed. Discussion of the definition of destroyed medical waste (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
04/12/1990EXCLUSION FOR REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE RESIDUES FROM TREATMENT AND DESTRUCTION PROCESSESMemo
 Description: Autoclaving is treatment, not destruction. Discarded test kits from QA/QC procedures with biologicals or body fluids are medical waste (MW). Almost all cultures/stocks from a medical or pathological lab are regulated MW. Infectious agents include some Center for Disease Control (CDC) etiological agents (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
03/05/1990INTERPRETATIONS OF THE EPA MEDICAL WASTE REGULATIONS (NUMBERS 36-49)Memo
 Description: Medical waste Qs and As, fifth set (wastes from screening procedures; items used in preparation of corpses; artificial body parts; implants; radiopharmaceuticals may be dually regulated; syringes; culture dishes; contracting as a group; no definition of health-care facility)(SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
03/02/1990MEDICAL WASTE PROJECT-SPECIFIC GRANT PROPOSALSMemo
 Description: List of state medical waste project-specific grant proposals (list of grants by state) (SEE ALSO: 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
03/01/1990DEFINITION OF REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE APPLICABLE TO INTRAVENOUS BAGS GENERATED BY VETERINARIANSQuestion & Answer
 Description: Veterinarian’s spent intravenous (IV) bags are regulated medical waste (RMW).Residues from the treatment and destruction of regulated medical waste are excluded from the definition of regulated medical waste. Cutting IV bags into strips so that they are no longer recognizable as regulated medical waste is not adequate treatment (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; June 29, 1995).
 
03/01/1990ON-SITE INCINERATION OF MEDICAL WASTE GENERATED OFF-SITE BY GENERATORS OF LESS THAN 50 POUNDS PER MONTHQuestion & Answer
 Description: Hospitals incinerating medical waste from off-site generators of less than 50 pounds of medical waste per month need to comply with Part 259, Subpart G, but are not subject to Part 259, Subpart I (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; June 29, 1995).
 
02/27/1990APPLICABILITY OF MEDICAL WASTE REGULATIONSMemo
 Description: Roll-off receptacles meet medical waste packaging requirements in 259.41(a), but not container requirements for sharps and fluids (e.g., single secondary receptacle). Each package must be labeled with shipment date. Discussion of paperwork requirements (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
02/27/1990REGULATION OF DISPOSABLE DENTAL INSTRUMENT TRAYS AS MEDICAL WASTEMemo
 Description: Disposable dental instrument trays could be regulated medical waste if contaminated with blood or isolation wastes. If the trays are recycled into a new product, they may be exempt at the point of recycling. Generators of regulated medical waste to be recycled must track the items to the recycling facility (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
02/02/1990APPLICABILITY OF EXCLUSION FOR REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE THAT HAS BEEN TREATED AND DESTROYEDMemo
 Description: Breaking the needle from a syringe, removing the nipple from a syringe barrel, and separating the plunger from the syringe barrel are not adequate destruction methods for medical waste (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
02/01/1990EXCULTION FOR REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE RESIDUES THAT HAVE BEEN TREATED AND DESTROYEDMemo
 Description: Autoclaving is legitimate treatment but not a legitimate destruction method;. Generators who treat and destroy on-site must comply with the Part 259 storage requirements before treatment/destruction. A QA/QC performed on test kits may generate regulated medical waste. Discussion of microorganisms (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
01/16/1990REGULATION OF RADIOPHARMACEUTICALS UNDER THE MEDICAL WASTE TRACKING ACTMemo
 Description: Radioactive decay is treatment of radioactive component of radiopharmaceutical but is not treatment of the infectious portion. A facility that recovers residual radiopharmaceutical materials is an intermediate handler (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
12/26/1989INTERPRETATIONS OF THE EPA MEDICAL WASTE REGULATIONS (NUMBERS 24-39)Memo
 Description: Medical waste Qs and As, fourth set (numbers 24-35: syringes in integral sheaths; compaction; stocks of infectious agents; preprinted tracking forms; no storage time limit; hazardous waste-medical waste mixture; regulated medical waste containing radioactive waste subject to Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Part 259) (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
11/02/1989INTERPRETATIONS OF THE EPA MEDICAL WASTE REGULATIONS (NUMBERS 15-23)Memo
 Description: Medical waste Qs and As, third set (numbers 15-23: highly communicable diseases such as smallpox, Lassa fever; no storage time limit; specimens from anatomy class; animal carcass exposed to zoonotic agent; body fluids; discarded catheter bag; medical waste from emergency health care) (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
10/31/1989APPLICABILITY OF EXEMPTION FOR REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE THAT HAS BEEN TREATED AND DESTROYEDMemo
 Description: Applicability of Part 259 to waste pucks from syringe disposal system. Only waste that has been treated and destroyed is no longer regulated medical waste (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
10/20/1989PATIENT ROOM WASTE V. REGULATED MEDICAL WASTEMemo
 Description: Patient room waste in hospitals is not generally regulated medical waste if segregated from waste such as intravenous bags and items saturated with blood, unless patient is in isolation due to infection with highly communicable disease (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
10/17/1989SHARPS MAILING EXEMPTIONMemo
 Description: Generators must use the USPS registered mail return receipt requested system to qualify for the sharps mailing exemption. The exemption applies to generators in covered states who generate less than 50 pounds/month and ship less than 50 pounds of regulated medical waste per shipment (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
10/01/1989MEDICAL WASTE: REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE DEFINITIONQuestion & Answer
 Description: Unused sharps from assembly factory sent for disposal are not regulated medical waste. Medical waste must be generated in diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals, or in research or biological testing (SUPERSEDED: medical waste tracking program no longer in effect - See 60 FR 33912; June 29, 1995).
 
09/12/1989APPLICABILITY OF THE MEDICAL WASTE REGULATIONS TO PLACENTA MATERIAL THAT IS PROCESSED AND USED FOR LIFE SUPPORT PURPOSESMemo
 Description: Organs and blood processed into patient care materials or used in transplants are not discarded materials, and so are neither solid wastes nor regulated medical wastes (SEE ALSO: 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
09/05/1989INTERPRETATIONS OF THE EPA MEDICAL WASTE REGULATIONS (NUMBERS 8-14)Memo
 Description: Medical waste Qs and As, second set (numbers 8-14: recordkeeping requirements, glass intravenous (i.v.) bottles; containers holding blood products; plastic i.v. bags; pleural fluid containers; discarded specimen container; disposable razors; feminine hygiene products; body parts) (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
08/28/1989RECORDKEEPING FOR ON-SITE INCINERATORS OF MEDICAL WASTEMemo
 Description: Using the weight-averaging method to estimate the quantity of a regulated medical waste incinerated is acceptable for incinerator recordkeeping. Records should indicate incinerated quantity, by weight (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
07/31/1989INTERPRETATIONS OF THE EPA MEDICAL WASTE REGULATIONS (NUMBERS 1-7)Memo
 Description: Medical waste Qs and As, first set (numbers 1-7: cotton swabs used in throat cultures; disposable specula; surgical dressings; defective unused syringes; compaction is not destruction; compaction during packaging is legitimate) (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
07/24/1989CLARIFICATION OF THE FEDERAL MEDICAL WASTE REGULATIONSMemo
 Description: No compaction or mechanical stress is allowed during the loading, unloading, or transit of medical waste. Compaction is allowed during packaging.
 
07/18/1989DATA COLLECTION UNDER THE MEDICAL WASTE TRACKING ACTMemo
 Description: List of EPA's data sources for first interim Report to Congress on Medical Waste Tracking Act. Discussion of the EPA strategy for evaluating the efficacy of demonstration program.
 
07/01/1989MEDICAL WASTE GENERATORSQuestion & Answer
 Description: Medical waste generator responsibilities for maintaining incineration logs and submitting reports (SUPERSEDED: no longer in effect, Part 259 removed from 40 CFR; See 60 FR 33912; June 29, 1995).
 
05/01/1989MEDICAL WASTE - HOUSEHOLD MEDICAL WASTEQuestion & Answer
 Description: Medical waste generated in private homes by health care providers is exempt household hazardous waste, even when removed from the home and transported to a physician’s place of business (SEE ALSO: 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
04/27/1989APPLICABILITY OF MEDICAL WASTE TRACKING REGULATIONS FOR INDUSTRIAL FURNACESMemo
 Description: Ash from incinerating regulated medical waste is no longer subject to Part 259. Lime and cement kilns may qualify as destination facility, treatment and destruction facility (SEE ALSO: 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
04/10/1989SCOPE OF WASTES COVERED UNDER THE MEDICAL WASTE TRACKING PROGRAMMemo
 Description: Discussion of the EPA rationale for regulating certain categories of medical waste pursuant to the Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1988, while excluding others (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
03/20/1989REGULATION OF BODY FLUIDSMemo
 Description: Discussion of a clarification of the Part 259 coverage of body fluids (human blood and blood products, and human pathological waste).
 
03/15/1989MEDICAL WASTE DEMONSTRATION TRACKING PROGRAMMemo
 Description: EPA plans to establish a two-year medical waste demonstration tracking program. Studies indicate a low incidence of disease transmission due to environmental exposure to medical waste (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
02/17/1989MEDICAL WASTE - DISPOSAL AT SEAMemo
 Description: Discussion of disposal of medical waste at sea from Navy ships (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
02/03/1989TRACKING OF MEDICAL WASTE SHIPMENTS ORIGINATING OUTSIDE COVERED STATES Memo
 Description: Medical waste that is brought into a covered state is presumed to be subject to Part 259 unless transporter can document that the waste originated in a noncovered state (SUPERSEDED: see 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
01/17/1989RESPONSE FROM THE OFFICE OF SOLID WASTE TO THE COAST GUARD REGARDING THEIR QUESTIONS ON MEDICAL WASTEMemo
 Description: Medical waste is a solid waste and is subject to Subtitle D regulation, or if hazardous, to Subtitle C. EPA is developing a medical waste program pursuant to the Medical Waste Tracking Act. Medical waste also covered by the CWA, Ocean Dumping Act, and MARPOL (for plastics) (SEE ALSO: 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
09/01/1987TREATMENT OF INFECTIOUS WASTEQuestion & Answer
 Description: Provides an overview of the treatment methods for infectious wastes. While RCRA 1004 includes within the hazardous waste definition wastes with infectious characteristics, currently there are no federal regulations for infectious waste management (SEE ALSO: 60 FR 33912; 6/29/95).
 
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