EPA has announced a final rule revising its regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act governing imports and exports of hazardous waste for recycling, recovery or reclamation. While not limited to exports to facilities across the border in Mexico, the new rule likely will likely affect some businesses working with Macquiladoras. The rule implements a 2001 amended agreement regarding shipments between the 30 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which includes the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The new rule changes documentation and reporting requirements for shipments of hazardous waste destined for recovery among OECD member countries; adds requirements for export notification and pre-shipment consent from EPA and the receiving country for exports of spent lead-acid batteries for reclamation; and adds documentation and reporting requirements for U.S. importers of hazardous waste. EPA expects to publish the final rule in the Federal Register in Jan. 2010, with an effective date six months from the publication. To avoid delays in exporting spent lead-acid batteries, EPA has encouraged the regulated community to provide EPA with notice of planned exports and seek consent as soon as possible because the consent process may take more than six months to complete.