A key component of hazardous waste management is the Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest.  The manifest is a specialized shipping paper required by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for all generators who transport (or offer for transport) hazardous waste for off-site treatment, recycling, storage or disposal.  The manifest contains important information about the type and quantity of waste, the parties involved, transportation safety, and allows tracking of the waste from the generator’s site to the final designated facility.  Each party that handles the waste signs the manifest and retains a copy to account for the transportation and disposal process.

 

EPA will soon launch the hazardous waste e-Manifest system nationwide.  On June 30, 2018, the manifest process will become electronic and all hazardous waste shipments must be entered into the EPA’s e-Manifest system.  This streamlined system allows uniform hazardous waste manifests to be efficiently created, signed, corrected, and tracked through the RCRAInfo system on the EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX) platform. Although manifest users may continue to use paper manifests after June 30, 2018, EPA highly encourages the use of e-Manifest, which may result in reduced system user fees and generator state confirmation and exception reporting.

 

Along with the new e-Manifest system and its inherent efficiencies, EPA has also replaced the current 6-copy manifest with a 5-copy manifest, which consolidates two state forms of the old 6-copy forms into one page (i.e., the two copies marked “Designated facility to consignment state” and “Designated facility to generator state”). These are no longer needed as only one copy will be submitted to EPA’s e-Manifest system. States will then have access to the manifest data through the e-Manifest system.  EPA strongly recommends that users transition to the 5-copy forms as quickly as possible.

Ultimately, the e-Manifest system and myRCRAid will mean less paperwork, faster processing times, and more certainty for hazardous waste generators, transporters and designated facilities. For more information on the new e-Manifest system:

 

This blog was written by Bob Watkins, a Program Manager based in ATC’s Woburn, MA office. Bob is an Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) specialist, with proficiency in the areas of multi-media environmental compliance auditing, environmental management system development, EHS training, compliance planning and regulatory support. Connect with Bob here.