David Case, executive director of the Environmental Technology Council, said September 26 that the White House assured him that President Obama will soon sign the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Act (S. 710). The legislation will save hazardous waste handlers tens of millions of dollars when fully implemented, but will take two to three years to implement. The Senate passed the House version of the bill September 21, and it was sent to the president on September 25. Senator John Thune (R-SD) first introduced the legislation in 2007.