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Thune measure to reduce business compliance costs sent to president

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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.

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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.

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