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printreg, September, 2000
import into US of (computer printer) ink waste water or slurry


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From:GaryJGATF(gjonesprinting@aol.com)
Date:Monday, October 02, 2000 2:30 PM


The brief answer to your question is yes. Under the current rules and regulations established by EPA and international agreements, waste can be shipped into the US for treatment and disposal. If the waste is hazardous, according to US definitions (for more info see PNEAC Fact Sheet on What is a Hazardous Waste), then it must be handled and disposed as such. These regulations can be found at 40 CFR 262 Subpart F, which can be found by searching EPA's web page at www.epa.gov. If the waste is hazardous it must be treated first prior to it being landfilled and EPA has established treatment requirements for each type of hazardous waste. If the waste is nonhazardous, then there are no federal rules or regulations that govern what can be done with the waste. However, the waste would be subject to the specific state rules and regulations where it is being disposed. Several states have special rules for nonhazardous industrial wastes. In examining the agreements and treaties governing waste import and export, there are two and they are the Basel Convention and OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). Under the Basel Convention, only those countries that have ratified it can exchange waste with each other. The US has not ratified the Basel Convention, but has established bilateral agreements with Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, and Malaysia that allow for waste transfers. A list of ratifying nations can be found at http://www.basel.int/. The OECD has established a tracking system for waste exports and imports and once the waste is in the US, the US rules and regulations are applicable. For more information on the countries signing the OECD see 40 CFR 262.58 (a)(1), which can be searched from EPA's home page at www.epa.gov. More details on the specific export and import rules can be found in the April 12, 1996, issue of the Federal Register. It can be found online at http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/index.html. I hope this answers your questions. Gary Jones Graphic Arts Technical Foundation 200 Deer Run Road Sewickley, PA 15143 412/741-6860 x608 - Phone 412/741-2311 - Fax



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