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Statement Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) Implications for Signing Paper Hazardous Waste Manifests

The purpose of this temporary statement is to provide an approach as specified below with respect to generator signatures on paper hazardous waste manifests under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

This statement was in effect until November 30, 2020. EPA decided not to extend this temporary statement based on the e-Manifest system registering less than two dozen incidents of regulated industry using the policy since July 2020. Additionally, EPA consulted with hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal companies who confirmed that companies are relying instead on other mitigation strategies to reduce risks from COVID-19.

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