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Thune measure to reduce business compliance costs sent to president

A bill authored by U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., that would modernize the way both the states and the federal government track the shipment of hazardous waste was passed by unanimous consent this week by the full Senate.

The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act (S. 710) modernizes a 25-year old requirement by the Environmental Protection Agency which mandates that businesses provide carbon copy paper manifests to accompany waste materials from their origin to ultimate storage or disposal -- commonly referred to as "cradle to grave" documentation.

The bill will now be sent to the president for his approval.

"Congress has a responsibility to make federal regulatory processes more efficient and less costly," said Thune.

Roughly 139,000 regulated businesses submit between 2.5 million to 5 million hazardous waste manifests annually at a cost between $200 million and $500 million per year.