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USED OIL RECYCLING, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PROMOTED IN H.R. 5276

USED OIL RECYCLING, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PROMOTED IN H.R. 5276
 WASHINGTON, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Used Oil Recycling Coalition issued the following:
 Supporters of federal legislation aimed at encouraging increased used oil recycling say it will protect the environment and reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil.
 H.R. 5276, "The Used Oil Recycling Act of 1992," introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Billy Tauzin (D-La.), Jack Fields (R-Texas) and Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), provides a critical incentive to increased used oil recycling: the guarantee that used oil will not be listed as a hazardous waste.
 Jeffrey L. Leiter, speaking for the Used Oil Recycling Coalition, applauded the introduction of H.R. 5276, calling it "a tough, even- handed bill that was produced after extensive discussions among legislators, industry and activists.
 "Labeling used oil as hazardous waste at any point in the recycling chain would have the practical effect of destroying the nation's growing used oil collection and recycling system," Leiter said. Approximately 48 million Do-It-Yourselfers annually bring some 20 million gallons of used oil to collection centers. Industry -- including manufacturers, fleet operators, electric utilities and others -- contribute nearly 800 million additional gallons of used oil to the recycling stream.
 "Our bill," said co-author Tauzin, "will encourage the growth of a wide variety of community and statewide collection programs, making it easier for consumers and businesses to get their used oil into the recycling system."
 H.R. 5276 is the only comprehensive pro-recycling, pro- environment, pro-economy bill dealing with used oil.
 -- H.R. 5276 encourages nationwide expansion of used oil collection systems, both for businesses and Do-It-Yourselfers; alternative bills would limit the availability of collection points, raise handling costs and kill off the burgeoning Do-It-Yourself recycling movement.
 -- H.R. 5276 promotes used oil as an alternative energy source that reduces U.S. dependence on imported virgin fuel; other bills would promote increased use of virgin fuel.
 -- H.R. 5276 encourages the opening of more collection centers; other bills would shut them down, since few can afford to handle hazardous waste.
 -- H.R. 5276 enjoys the support of a broad coalition; alternative bills represent the self interests of the hazardous waste industry and certain activists.
 H.R. 5276 calls for management standards to ensure protection of the environment without placing unnecessary and costly burdens on used oil generators and handlers. Proper handling, labeling and storage would be required. In addition, H.R. 5276 would mandate a significant reduction in the lead content of used oil fuels and set stringent burning guidelines for industrial boilers and furnaces.
 "The EPA estimates that 500 million gallons of used oil are improperly discarded every year," Fields said. "But with bipartisan support for this recycling measure, Congress can give states the flexibility they need, industry the assurances it needs and Do-It- Yourselfers the infrastructure they need to absorb this massive volume of recyclable oil."
 Said Skelton, "H.R. 5276 assures that we will achieve significant environmental gains while supporting economic growth and protecting public health."
 The Used Oil Recycling Coalition consists of more than 40 companies and organizations, including many small businesses, that are involved in the collection and recycling of used oil. These include: generators, such as quick lubes, auto dealers, fleet operators and truck stops; transporters; recyclers; refiners; manufacturing operations; and end users. Combined, coalition members represent tens of thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of employees involved in the collection and recycling of hundreds of millions of gallons of used oil. The coalition serves and supports the recycling efforts of the nation's 48 million Do-It-Yourself oil changers by providing convenient, environmentally sound collection and recycling facilities.
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 /CONTACT: Liese Mosher for the Used Oil Recycling Coalition, 202-833-4252/ CO: Used Oil Recycling Coalition ST: District of Columbia IN: OIL SU: LEG


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