EPA has issued a final rule that modifies the hazardous waste management regulations for solvent-contaminated wipes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Specifically, this rule revises the definition of solid waste to conditionally exclude solvent-contaminated wipes that are cleaned and reused and revises the definition of hazardous waste to conditionally exclude disposable solvent-contaminated wipes. The purpose of this final rule is to provide a consistent regulatory framework for solvent-contaminated wipes that is appropriate to the level of risk posed by these wipes in a way that maintains protection of human health and the environment, while reducing overall compliance costs for industry, many of which are small businesses.

A summary chart developed by EPA provides a quick reference guide for how the new rule now will manage solvent-contaminated wipes. A press release and frequently asked questions document also are available.

The final rule will take effect January 31, 2014.

More information, including the rule, is available at http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/wastetypes/wasteid/solvents/wipes.htm.