Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Emission Comparable Fuels Rule Withdrawn

EPA has withdrawn the Emission Comparable Fuels (ECF) Rule, which had been finalized in December 2008. The ECF rule sought to reduce regulatory burdens by reclassifying fuels that would otherwise be regulated as hazardous waste, but generate emissions similar to fuel oil when burned.

Due to difficulty of ensuring that emissions from burning ECF are comparable to emissions from burning fuel oil, EPA has now withdrawn the rule. The ECF rule was criticized for potentially allowing hazardous waste to evade the hazardous waste regulatory system, and for being difficult to administer. Industry members have also criticized it because of the detailed conditions for reclassification, which they believe will limited the rule’s use.

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