Thursday, April 22, 2010

EPA Hazardous Substance - Hazardous Waste List - Removal of Saccharin

EPA has proposed amending its regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to remove saccharin and its salts from the lists of hazardous constituents and commercial chemical products which are hazardous wastes when discarded or intended to be discarded. EPA also proposed amending the regulations under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) to remove saccharin and its salts from the list of hazardous substances.

This proposed rule responds to a petition submitted to EPA by the Calorie Control Council (CCC), to remove saccharin and its salts from RCRA and CERCLA. EPA proposed granting the petition based on a review of the evaluations conducted by key public health agencies concerning the carcinogenic and other potential toxicological effects of saccharin and its salts, as well as EPA’s own assessment of the waste generation and management information for saccharin and its salts, which demonstrate that saccharin and its salts do not meet the criteria in the hazardous waste regulations for remaining on EPA’s lists of hazardous constituents, hazardous wastes, and hazardous substances.

The public comment period will be open for 60 days after the proposal is published in the Federal Register.

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