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Talks Fail in Bid to Cut Time Reporting Chemicals in Wastes

Sept. 14, 2017, 10:20 PM

Industries wanting to limit the time and money they spend reporting chemicals in recycled wastes have more work ahead of them after a committee formed to brainstorm ideas collapsed.

The committee, required by the amended chemicals law, couldn’t agree Sept. 14 on a strategy for the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce reporting requirements for mostly metal-containing waste byproducts. That means the EPA could—but isn’t required to—move forward with its own rulemaking designed to help glass, circuit board, scrap metal, coal-fired power plants and other companies recycle, reuse, or reprocess the wastes.

After what committee members called “spirited” discussions, panel members ...