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Federal Register Notice: Final Rule on Land Disposal Restrictions

EPA promulgated its approach to implementing the congressionally mandated prohibitions on the land disposal of hazardous waste. This notice established procedures for setting treatment standards for hazardous wastes, for granting nationwide variances from statutory effective dates, for granting extensions of effective dates on a case-by-case basis, for evaluating petitions for a variance from the treatment standard, and for evaluating petitions demonstrating that continued land disposal of hazardous wastes is protective of human health and the environment.

This notice also promulgated specific treatment standards and effective dates for hazardous wastes included in the first phase of the land disposal prohibitions: certain dioxin and solvent-containing hazardous wastes. EPA also promulgated the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) for use in determining whether these wastes meet the applicable treatment standards and extensions of the effective date for certain categories of these wastes.

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