On November 28, 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended existing regulations in a final rule (81 FR 85696) regarding the export and import of hazardous wastes from and into the United States. This final rule is effective on December 31, 2016.
EPA is making these changes to: Provide greater protection to human health and the environment by making existing export and import related requirements more consistent with the current import-export requirements for shipments between members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); enable electronic submittal to EPA of all export and import-related documents (e.g., export notices, export annual reports); and enable electronic validation of consent in the Automated Export System (AES) for export shipments subject to RCRA export consent requirements prior to exit. The AES resides in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). The compliance dates for the various new and updated provisions in this action can be found in section II.D. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the regulations is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of December 31, 2016.