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Final Rule: Listing Amendment for F019 Wastewater Treatment Sludges

Final Rule Fact Sheet, Frequent Questions, FRN - June 4, 2008 | Proposed Rule - January 18, 2007

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EPA is amending the F019 hazardous waste listing to facilitate the use of aluminum in automobiles, light trucks and utility vehicles. F019 is one of EPA's F-code RCRA hazardous waste listings, which includes waste that is generated from common industrial and manufacturing processes. Specifically, F019 wastes are defined as wastewater treatment sludges from the chemical conversion coating of aluminum. Zirconium phosphating in aluminum can washing is exempt when such phosphating is an exclusive conversion coating process.

The amendment exempts F019 waste from being considered a hazardous waste on condition that the waste is not placed outside on the land prior to shipment to an appropriately lined landfill. This approach to managing F019 waste encourages the use of lighter aluminum parts in motor vehicles, while protecting human health and the environment.

Since the 1970s, the motor vehicle industry has incorporated aluminum into vehicle parts and bodies. Using aluminum parts produces lighter vehicles capable of increased gas mileage and decreased exhaust air emissions, including a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases. During the chemical conversion coating step of this process, however, F019, a listed hazardous waste, is created and therefore regulated by EPA.

Between 1997 and 2005, EPA has granted 19 delisting petitions for individual U.S. plants to exempt F019 from regulation. This rule responds to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Aluminum Association, which petitioned EPA to standardize the F019 listing for all motor vehicles manufacturing plants and remove the barriers to using aluminum in the automotive industry.

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Proposed Rule - January 18, 2007

The support materials for this proposed rule and the public comments EPA received are available for public review online at Regulations.gov.

The support materials for this proposed rule and the public comments EPA receives are available for public review online at Regulations.gov. You may also submit a comment to the proposed rule during the open comment period (January 18 - March 19, 2007) at this site.

To use Regulations.gov:

  1. Select Docket Search.
  2. Select "Environmental Protection Agency" from the Agency drop-down menu.
  3. In the Docket ID box, type in the docket number EPA-HQ-RCRA-2006-0097 and press the "Submit" button to receive search results. Be patient; loading the documents takes time.

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