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[US] Georgia Proposes to Amend Hazardous Waste Management Rules to Permit the Use of EPA’s Electronic Manifest System

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (Georgia DNR) Environmental Protection Division has proposed to make several amendments throughout Chapter 391-3-11 relating to hazardous waste management  
  • The purpose of this proposed amendment is to incorporate by reference a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amendment to the Federal Hazardous Waste Regulations published in the Federal Register on February 7, 2014, which authorizes the use of electronic manifests as an alternative to using paper manifests.  The federal rule went into effect in December 2014 and the proposed state rule is currently under consideration.
  • The Georgia DNR has proposed to amend Rules 391-3-11-.02 (Definitions), 391-3-11-.08 (Standards Applicable to Generators of Hazardous Waste), 391-3-11-.09 (Standards Applicable to Transporters of Hazardous Waste), 391-3-11-.10 (Standards for Owners and Operators of Hazardous Waste Treatment) to permit the use of EPA’s Electronic Manifest System If the amendments are authorized, Generators, Transporters, and Owners and Operators would be able to use this system as a means to track off-site shipments of hazardous waste from the generator to a designated facility in lieu of paper manifests.  These amendments also clarify the electronic signature methods that EPA recommends for executing electronic manifests.
The Rule amendments will be considered for adoption by the Georgia DNR Board of Natural Resources at its meeting at 9:00 A.M. on February 6, 2015. Red-on-line EHS Legal Counsel Sources : Synopsis of Proposed Amendments to the Rules of the Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division Relating to Hazardous Waste Management, Chapter 391-3-11, p.2

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