Contaminated Solvent Wipers
Written October 17, 2019
States may, through implementation of state waiver authorities or other state laws, allow compliance with the provisions of today's rule in advance of adoption or authorization. The final rule issued by the EPA is generally consistent with many of the states' policies; however, some conditions required by the final rule may be more stringent than some existing state programs.
As a result, authorized states whose programs include less stringent requirements than today's final rule are required to modify their programs to maintain consistency with the federal program. In addition, any states that outline their program for reusable wipes through either guidance documents or interpretive letters will need to promulgate enforceable regulations. The current state requirements will remain in place until the state adopts the equivalent to the recently released final rule. The rule contains two exclusions:
- A conditional exclusion from the definition of solid waste for solvent-contaminated wipes sent for cleaning (“reusable wipes”) – 40 CFR 261.4(a)(26)
- A conditional exclusion from the definition of hazardous waste for solvent-contaminated wipes sent for disposal (“disposable wipes”) – 40 CFR 261.4(b)(18)
Due to this, authorized states have the option of whether or not to adopt the exclusions into their regulations. The EPA has indicated that states operating under policies that are less stringent than the federal exclusions will need to incorporate the federal rule into their regulations. If you have questions, please contact the Government and Business Information Department.