Maryland has not adopted USEPA’s wiper rule that provides flexibility for the management of reusable wipes and disposal of disposable wipes. Other changes USEPA has made and have not yet been adopted by Maryland is the Definition of Solid Waste that will reduce requirements for companies that use distillation units to recycle solvents and the Generator Improvement rule allowing for additional regulatory flexibility.
The Maryland Department of the Environment representative is responsible for revising the regulations and was very receptive to reviewing the suggested revisions to the rule. The meeting was very timely because a draft of proposed rule changes is in the process of being developed. It is anticipated that a draft will be released in early summer with an anticipated adoption by the end of 2019. It was agreed that additional dialog on the proposed changes will occur prior to the release of the proposed rule.