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HAZARDOUS WASTE RECYCLING REGULATIONS GO INTO EFFECT

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Amendments to the state's hazardous waste regulations, known as the PK-4 regulations, took effect Jan. 16. The new regulations tighten requirements for hazardous waste recycling and reclamation, increase industry fees for hazardous waste permits and update state regulations to comply with federal requirements.
 "The regulations primarily close loopholes in federal and state programs which allowed certain hazardous waste activities to go largely unregulated," said Department of Environmental Resources (DER) Secretary Arthur A. Davis. "We are working closely with industry representatives to make businesses aware of the new regulations and help them comply with the new requirements."
 Davis said DER also will conduct workshops in the near future for businesses across the state to explain the new regulations.
 Under the revisions, many businesses that recycle and reclaim hazardous wastes must obtain authorization to transport, store, treat, process or dispose of hazardous wastes.
 Also, the fees for hazardous waste permit applications have increased so that companies pay the direct costs of the technical review of the application and permit oversight, as required by the Solid Waste Management law.
 For example, the permit application fee for a commercial hazardous waste landfill will increase from $3,500 to $125,000.
 The new amendments also contain a transition scheme to provide companies the opportunity to comply with the new regulations.
 For more information on the new hazardous waste regulations, contact any DER regional office or the DER Bureau of Waste Management at 717-787-6239.
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 /CONTACT: Pam DiSalvo of the DER, 717-787-1323/


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