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Document Record Detail

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RCRA Online Number:14652
Organization of Recipient:U.S. House of Representatives
Description: EPA data indicate that contaminants in fertilizers pose a low risk. Adding hazardous wastes to fertilizers to simply dispose of them is illegal and an example of "sham" recycling. EPA has invested substantial resources into investigating the fertilizer industry's compliance with RCRA. The use of hazardous wastes to produce fertilizers is a legitimate, beneficial recycling practice, provided the manufacturers first remove harmful contaminants. EPA finalized regulations to strengthen controls over this recycling practice and to ensure that good, clean, high-quality fertilizers are produced as a result (SEE ALSO: 67 FR 48393; 7/24/02). EPA's authority to regulate fertilizer contaminants under RCRA is limited to hazardous waste fertilizers. EPA supports state initiatives to develop programs to control contaminants in all fertilizer products.
Regulatory Citation(s) : 261.2, 261.4(a)(20), 266.20 EXIT disclaimer
Statutory Citation(s):NA Read US Code 42, Chapter 82 EXIT disclaimer
Topic(s):Hazardous Waste Recycling
Approximate Number of Hardcopy Pages:2
EPA Publication Number:NA
RPPC Number (if applicable): NA
Official OSW Policy:No


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