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The EPA issued a rule in January 2009 that classifies ECF as a product rather than a hazardous waste. However, the agency is now proposing to withdraw the January 2009 rule due to the difficulty of ensuring that emissions from burning ECF are comparable to emissions from burning fuel oil, and the limited savings of burning ECF.
The January 2009 ECF rule sought to remove regulatory costs by reclassifying certain manufacturing byproducts as non-wastes. The rule has been criticized for allowing hazardous waste to evade the hazardous waste regulatory system, and for being difficult to administer. Industry members have also criticized it because of the detailed and prescriptive conditions for reclassification, which they believe will limit the rule's use.
The agency's latest proposed rule presents the agency's concerns and requests public comment. After evaluating public comments, the EPA said it will make a decision on whether to repeal the exclusion.