EPA Finalizes F019 Hazwaste Amendment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is amending the F019 hazardous waste listing to facilitate the use of aluminum in automobiles, light trucks, and utility vehicles.

This action will encourage motor vehicle manufacturers to use more aluminum parts, producing vehicles that are lighter, which can increase gas mileage and decrease exhaust air emissions.

F019 is one of EPA's F-code Resource Conservation and Recovery Act hazardous waste listings, which include waste that is generated from common industrial and manufacturing processes. The amendment excludes from hazardous waste regulation F019 waste generated in the auto manufacturing industry provided the waste:

1) is not placed outside on the land prior to shipment to a landfill for disposal; and

2) is disposed of at an appropriately lined landfill.

EPA has determined that these changes to the F019 listing are protective of human health and the environment. The final rule will be published in the Federal Register in about two weeks.

For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/id/f019/f019.htm.

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