Monthly US EPA RCRA / Superfund Hotline Report for December 1999

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The following is an update from the RCRA, Superfund & EPCRA Hotline Monthly Hotline Report for October 1999 regarding RCRA, Superfund, and EPCRA (TRI, Community Right to Know)

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EPA530-R-99-012j
SUB-9224-99-010

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RCRA, Superfund, and EPCRA Hotline
National Toll-Free No.: (800) 424-9346
Local: (703) 412-9810
TDD National Toll-Free No.: (800) 553-7672

Judi Kane, Project Officer
Wendy Timmons, Alternate Project Officer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20460

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HOTLINE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

RCRA

1. Manifesting Hazardous Waste Shipments Between Treatment, Storage, and
Disposal Facilities


A permitted treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) receives a
manifested shipment of hazardous waste from a generator. The owner and
operator of the TSDF partially treats the waste before sending it off
site for continued treatment. Are the owner and operator of the TSDF
responsible for initiating a new manifest to accompany, or should the
original manifest accompany the shipment?


The owner and operator of a TSDF who initiates a shipment of hazardous
waste must comply with the requirements in 40 CFR Part 262 (see, e.g.,
Sections 264/265.71(c)). Therefore, the owner and operator of a TSDF
that sends waste off site for continued treatment must prepare a new
manifest for that waste, and must also comply with the requirements for
exception reporting found in Section 262.42. After receiving the waste
and signing the manifest, the TSDF, which will conduct further
treatment, must send a signed copy of the manifest to the original TSDF.


2. Land Disposal Restrictions (LDR) Treatment Standards and Disposal
Options for Contaminated Soil


The alternative land disposal restrictions (LDR) soil treatment
standards in 40 CFR Section 268.49 require that all constituents subject
to treatment (i.e., Section 248.48 underlying hazardous constituents
(UHCs), except fluoride, selenium, sulfides, vanadium, and zinc, that
are reasonably expected to be present in any given volume of
contaminated soil at concentrations greater than 10 times the universal
treatment standard (UTS)) be treated to a 90 percent reduction capped at
10 times the UTS level. Soils that exhibit a toxicity characteristic
may be treated to meet this alternative standard, yet still exhibit a
characteristic of hazardous waste (i.e., a hazardous constituent is
above the toxicity characteristic level). Can a facility land dispose
this soil, without further treatment, in a Subtitle C or D facility?


If a hazardous contaminated soil exhibits a toxicity characteristic
when it is generated, then once this soil:


* meets LDR treatment requirements, AND
* is decharacterized,


the soil may be disposed in a Subtitle D landfill or placed back on the
land. If, however, a hazardous contaminated soil exhibits a toxicity
characteristic when it is generated and this soil:


* meets LDR treatment requirements, BUT
* is not decharacterized (i.e., key constituents are still above TC
level),


then the soil must be disposed in a Subtitle C landfill.


Consider the following scenario: A soil exhibits the toxicity
characteristic for lead when generated. The initial concentration of
lead in the soil is 40 mg/L TCLP, and there are no UHCs present at the
point of generation. When the owners and operators of the facility
apply the Phase IV alternative soil treatment standards, they have two
options:


* OPTION 1: 90 percent reduction (40 mg/L TCLP * 0.10 = 4 mg/L TCLP)
* OPTION 2: 10 * UTS (10 * 0.75 mg/L TCLP = 7.5 mg/L TCLP)


If facility chooses OPTION 2 (7.5 mg/L TCLP), then while the soil meets
LDR treatment requirements (10 * UTS), it is still characteristic for
lead, as 7.5 mg/L TCLP is greater than 5.0 mg/L TCLP. In this
situation, the owners and operators must dispose the soil in a Subtitle
C facility. If the owners and operators want to dispose the soil in a
Subtitle D facility (or place it back on the land), then they must treat
the lead to 5.0 mg/L TCLP or less.


In addition, the soil treatment standards mandate that all ignitable,
reactive, and corrosive soils must be treated to remove the
characteristic, and for all hazardous constituents before land disposal
(Section 268.49(c)(2)). For example, a facility generating an ignitable
soil that is also characteristic for lead (i.e., D001 and D008) must
deactivate the soil so it is no longer ignitable, and treat the lead and
any other constituents subject to treatment to 90 percent reduction
capped at 10 times the UTS level before the soil can be disposed in
either a Subtitle C or a Subtitle D facility. To be eligible for
disposal in a Subtitle D facility, the soil must no longer exhibit any
characteristic of hazardous waste.


Finally, the alternative soil treatment standards are not automatically
effective in all states since these treatment options are less stringent
than the waste-specific treatment standards (63 FR 28635; May 26, 1998).

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CERCLA

3. Information Requests Under CERCLA Section 104(e)


Based on information provided by the owner of a Superfund site, EPA
determines that a transport company may have contributed to the site’s
contamination. The transportation company has both current and former
employees who may have information relevant to this determination. How
may EPA request information about the company’s involvement at the site
from these employees?


Under CERCLA Section 104(e), EPA may request information from any
person who has or may have information relevant to a particular site or
a party’s ability to pay for or to perform a cleanup. This is called an
information request letter. An information request letter typically
seeks the following types of information: relationship of the recipient
to the site; business records (e.g., manifests, invoices, and record
books); environmental monitoring reports or data; descriptions and
amounts of hazardous substances transported to the site; descriptions
and amounts of hazardous substances stored, treated, or disposed of at
the site; arrangements made to transport waste material to the site; the
names of any transporters used in connection with the site; and
information relating to ability to pay for or perform cleanup.


If an information request is not answered promptly, truthfully, and in
writing by the recipient, EPA may either issue a unilateral
administrative order to comply or refer the matter to the Department of
Justice. If the matter is referred to the Department of Justice, a
lawsuit may be filed in order to compel compliance. CERCLA authorizes
the courts to assess a civil penalty of $27,500 for each day any person
unreasonably fails to comply with an information request. Failure to
comply with a court order may result in imprisonment and additional
penalties.

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NEW PUBLICATIONS

EPA Publications are available through the Hotline. Use the EPA Order
Number listed under the document.


RCRA, Superfund, and EPCRA National Toll-Free No.: (800) 424-9346
Local: (703) 412-9810 TDD National Toll-Free No.: (800) 553-7672


EPA's Fax-on-Demand service distributes selected publications noted by a
"Fax-on-Demand" number. To order these documents, from your fax machine
dial (202) 651-2060 (for OSW documents), (202) 651-2098 (for OUST
documents), (202) 651-2061 (for CEPPO documents), and (202) 651-2062
(for OERR documents), and follow the instructions provided by the voice
prompt, using the Fax-on-Demand number noted. Please call the Hotline
for detailed instructions on using the Fax-on-Demand service.


EPA Publications Available on the Internet
You may access certain documents electronically by using this server:
WWW: http://www.epa.gov
Documents on the WWW server may be located by using the on-line search
functions.


RCRA


TITLE: WasteWise Update: Recovering Organic Wastes — Giving Back to
Mother Nature
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1999
AVAILABILITY: Hotline/Internet
EPA ORDER NO.: EPA530-N-99-007
URL: http://www.epa.gov/wastewise/pub.htm


This issue highlights a number of organic waste diversion and recovery
options implemented by WasteWise partners, including composting,
vermicomposting, mulching and chipping, grasscycling, and donation.
This edition provides basic information on the science of composting and
tips on getting started with organics recovery. The newsletter also
lists EPA and non-EPA publications related to composting.


TITLE: WasteWise: Fifth Year Progress Report
PUBLICATION DATE: August 1999
AVAILABILITY: Hotline/Internet
EPA ORDER NO.: EPA530-R-99-035
URL: http://www.epa.gov/wastewise/pub_b.htm


This progress report provides an update on the accomplishments of the
WasteWise program. The report includes an overview of the total waste
reduction results achieved by the WasteWise program, describes the
benefits of the membership, and presents profiles of the 1999 WasteWise
Award Winners.


TITLE: Municipal Solid Waste Source Reduction: A Snapshot of State
Initiatives
PUBLICATION DATE: December 1998
AVAILABILITY: Hotline
EPA ORDER NO.: EPA530-R-98-017


This report provides an overview of innovative and successful state
initiatives that encourage municipal solid waste source reduction. The
successful initiatives discussed in the document include source
reduction planning through goal setting and research, state in-house
programs, residential programs, commercial programs, and support for
local governments. The report also lists publications and resources
related to source reduction.


TITLE: Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste in the United States:
1998 Update; Executive Summary
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1999
AVAILABILITY: Hotline/Internet
EPA ORDER NO.: EPA530-S-99-021
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/msw98.htm


The summary contains a brief overview of the 1998 report,
Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste in the United States, and its
methodology. It also provides readers with statistics on the waste
generation and reclamation rates within the United States.


TITLE: Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste in the United States:
1998 Update
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1999
AVAILABILITY: Hotline/Internet
EPA ORDER NO.: EPA530-R-99-021
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/msw98.htm


This report provides information on the recycling rates of individual
materials in the United States during 1998. It also discusses the waste
management practices currently used by municipalities, and includes a
copy of the Executive Summary, EPA530-S-99-021.


UST


TITLE: Ordering Information on Underground Storage Tanks
PUBLICATION DATE: October 1999
AVAILABILITY: NSCEP-UST/Internet
EPA ORDER NO.: EPA510-F-99-004
URL: http://www.epa.gov/swerust1/pubs/index.htm


This document updates two previous flyers (Free Publications About UST
Requirements & Ordering Information on Underground Storage Tanks) and
condenses them into one flyer for ordering information on underground
storage tanks. The flyer lists popular documents published by the
Office of Underground Storage Tanks as well as videos that illustrate
certain UST requirements.


CERCLA


TITLE: Reuse of CERCLA Landfill and Containment Sites
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1999
AVAILABILITY: Internet
EPA ORDER NUMBER: EPA540-F-99-015, OSWER 9375.3-05P, PB99-963 319
URL: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/resources/presump/index.htm


This fact sheet is part of the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative. The
fact sheet illustrates how the reuse of property has been accomplished
successfully under the existing program at several sites. The fact
sheet also describes design considerations that were creatively
implemented at sites, identifies techniques to facilitate land use, and
discusses potential reuse limitations.


TITLE: NRT Fact Sheet: Bioremediation in Oil Spill Response
PUBLICATION DATE: N/A
AVAILABILITY: Internet only
ORDER NO: N/A
URL: http://www.epa.gov/oilspill/what.htm


The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide on scene coordinators and
other decision-makers with the latest information on evolving
technologies that may be applicable for use in responding to an oil
spill. Bioremediation is one technique that may be useful to remove
spilled oil under certain geographic and climatic conditions. For the
purposes of this effort, bioremediation is defined to include the use of
nutrients to enhance the activity of indigenous organisms and/or the
addition of naturally-occurring non-indigenous microorganisms.


TITLE: Issuance of Final Guidance: Ecological Risk Assessment and Risk
Management Principles for Superfund Sites
PUBLICATION DATE: October 1999
AVAILABILITY: Internet
ORDER NO.: OSWER 9285.7-28P
URL: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/programs/risk/tooleco.htm#GG


This document supplements Ecological Risk Assessment Guidance for
Superfund: Processing for Designing and Conducting Ecological Risk
Assessments, EPA540-R-97-006. This guidance is intended to help
Superfund risk managers make ecological risk management decisions that
are based on sound science, consistent across EPA regions, and present a
characterization of site risks that is transparent to the public. It
provides risk managers with six principals and questions and answers to
consider when making ecological risk management decisions.


TITLE: The Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative: Proposal
Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilots
PUBLICATION DATE: October 1999
AVAILABILITY: Internet
EPA ORDER NO.: EPA500-F-99-288
URL: http://www.epa.gov/swerosps/bf/applicat.htm


This document outlines the contents of the proposals for the Brownfields
Assessment Demonstration Pilots for 2000. The deadline for new
proposals for the 2000 assessment pilots is February 16, 2000.


TITLE: Brownfields — Workforce Development
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1999
AVAILABILITY: Internet
EPA ORDER NO.: EPA500-F-99-287
URL: http://www.epa.gov/swerosps/bf/job.htm


This fact sheet describes the Brownfields Job Training and Development
Demonstration Pilot Program and the various partnerships between EPA and
other federal agencies to foster workforce development in communities
impacted by brownfields.


CERCLA/EPCRA


TITLE: Final Enforcement Response Policy for Sections 304, 311 and 312
of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act and Section
103 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and
Liability Act
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1999
AVAILABILITY: Internet
ORDER NUMBER: N/A
URL: http://es.epa.gov/oeca/ore/tped/toxpest.html


This policy calculates penalties for administrative complaints and
determines the minimum acceptable settlement amount in civil judicial
cases. It supersedes the
January 8, 1998 version.


CAA Section 112(r)


TITLE: Community Safety Awards Program: Lake County, Indiana LEPC
PUBLICATION DATE: October 1999
AVAILABILITY: Hotline/Internet
EPA ORDER NO.: EPA550-F-99-014
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ceppo/p-small.htm


This fact sheet showcases the Community Safety Awards Program
implemented by Lake County, Indiana Local Emergency Planning Committee.
The function of the program is to recognize achievements by industry and
municipalities in reducing risks to the public from chemical accidents.


TITLE: Mentoring Program Enhances Safety Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
PUBLICATION DATE: September 1999
AVAILABILITY: Hotline/Internet
EPA ORDER NO.: EPA550-F-99-009
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ceppo/p-small.htm


This fact sheet is intended to assist stakeholders identify tools and
funding sources for accident preparedness and prevention initiatives.
The fact sheet profiles a mentoring program initiated by Lehigh
Valley/Industry Mutual Aid group. The purpose of the group is to
strengthen the safety performance of new businesses and provide them
with necessary compliance information related to environmental, health,
and safety regulations.


TITLE: Chemical Safety Information, Site Security and Fuels Regulatory
Relief Act: Public Meetings and Other Notifications
PUBLICATION DATE: October 1999
AVAILABILITY: Hotline/Internet
EPA ORDER NO.: N/A
URL: http://www.epa.gov/swercepp/ap-fabr.htm


This fact sheet summarizes the public meeting/summary provisions under
Clean Air Act Section 112(r). Included in the document is information on
deadlines for complying with these provisions as well as information on
certifying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that your facility has
met the new public meeting requirements.

FEDERAL REGISTERS


Federal Register Availability
You may order copies of all major RCRA, Superfund, and EPCRA Federal
Registers by calling the Hotline.


RCRA, Superfund, and EPCRA National Toll-Free No.: (800) 424-9346
Local: (703) 412-9810 TDD National Toll-Free No.: (800) 553-7672


Electronic Availability
Federal Registers from October 1994 to the present related to the
Hotline’s program areas are accessible via
EPA’s Public Access Servers. The servers are accessible at:
WWW: http://www.epa.gov
FTP: ftp.epa.gov


EPA Federal Registers are organized by date on the WWW (starting from
October 1994).


Go to: http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr


For RCRA/UST and selected CERCLA Federal Registers, choose: EPA - Waste.


For selected EPCRA Federal Registers, choose: EPA - TRI.
For CAA Section 112(r) Federal Registers, choose: EPA - Air.


FINAL RULES


RCRA


“Washington: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management
Program Revision”
October 12, 1999 (64 FR 55142)


EPA authorized revisions to Washington’s hazardous waste program. The
final authorization will become effective January 11, 2000, unless
adverse comments are received.


“Massachusetts: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management
Program Revision”
October 12, 1999 (64 FR 55153)


EPA authorized revisions to Massachusetts’s hazardous waste program.
The final authorization will become effective October 12, 1999.


“Georgia: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management
Program Revision”
October 14, 1999 (64 FR 55629)


EPA authorized revisions to Georgia’s hazardous waste program. The
final authorization will become effective December 13, 1999, unless
adverse comments are received.


“Vermont: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management
Program Revision”
October 18, 1999 (64 FR 56174)


EPA authorized revisions to Vermont’s hazardous waste program. The
final authorization will become effective November 23, 1999, unless
adverse comments are received.


“Land Disposal Restrictions Phase IV: Final Rule Promulgating Treatment
Standards for Metal Wastes and Mineral Processing Wastes; Mineral
Processing Secondary Materials and Bevill Exclusion Issues; Treatment
Standards for Hazardous Soils, and Exclusion of Recycled Wood Preserving
Wastewaters”
October 20, 1999 (64 FR 56469)


EPA corrected two minor typographical errors and one omission in the
May 11, 1999 rule which made technical amendments correcting the Land
Disposal Restrictions (LDR) Phase IV final rule. EPA also corrected
three other errors that were discovered after the publication of the
May 11, 1999 amendment. The rule is effective October 20, 1999.


CERCLA


“National Priorities List; 62nd Street Superfund Site”
October 1, 1999 (64 FR 53213)


Notice of Deletion


“National Priorities List; Neal’s Dump Superfund Site”
October 4, 1999 (64 FR 53629)


Notice of Deletion


“National Priorities List for Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites”
October 22, 1999 (64 FR 56966)


This rule adds 10 new sites to the NPL: 9 sites to the General
Superfund Section of the NPL and one site to the Federal Facilities
Section of the NPL.


EPCRA


“Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxic (PBT) Chemicals; Lowering of Reporting
Thresholds for Certain PBT Chemicals; Addition of Certain PBT Chemicals;
Community Right-to-Know Toxic Chemical Reporting”
October 29, 1999 (64 FR 58666)


EPA is lowering the reporting thresholds for certain persistent
bioaccumulative toxic (PBT) chemicals that are subject to reporting
under EPCRA Section 313 and Section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act
of 1990 (PPA). EPA is also adding a category of dioxin and dioxin-like
compounds to the EPCRA Section 313 list of toxic chemicals and
establishing a 0.1 gram reporting threshold for the category. In
addition, EPA is adding certain other PBT chemicals to the EPCRA Section
313 list of toxic chemicals and establishing lower reporting thresholds
for these chemicals. EPA is removing the fume or dust qualifier from
vanadium and adding all forms of vanadium with the exception of vanadium
when contained in alloys. EPA is also adding vanadium compounds to the
EPCRA Section 313 list of toxic chemicals. However, EPA is not lowering
the reporting thresholds for either vanadium or vanadium compounds.


PROPOSED RULES


RCRA


“Rhode Island: Determination of Adequacy for the State’s Municipal
Solid Waste Permit Program”
October 5, 1999 (64 FR 53976)


EPA proposed to issue a determination of adequacy for Rhode Island’s
municipal solid waste landfill (MSWLF) permit program. Comments must be
received on or before November 4, 1999.


“Washington: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management
Program Revisions”
October 12, 1999 (64 FR 55222)


EPA proposed to grant final authorization to the hazardous waste
program revisions submitted by Washington. Comments must be received on
or before November 12, 1999.


“Hazardous Waste Management System; Proposed Exclusion for Identifying
and Listing Hazardous Waste”
October 13, 1999 (64 FR 55443)


EPA proposed to grant a petition submitted by General Motors
Corporation, Lansing Car Assembly — Body Plant (GM) in Lansing,
Michigan, to exclude (or “delist”) certain solid wastes generated by its
wastewater treatment plant from the lists of hazardous wastes contained
in Subpart D of Part 261.


“Georgia: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management
Program Revision”
October 14, 1999 (64 FR 55629)


EPA proposed to codify revisions to Georgia’s authorized hazardous
waste program in 40 CFR Part 272. EPA codified Georgia’s hazardous
waste program as an immediate final rule elsewhere in this Federal
Register. If EPA receives adverse comments on the immediate final rule,
EPA will withdraw it. EPA will then address public comments in a later
final rule based on this proposal.


“Hazardous Waste Management System; Proposed Exclusion for Identifying
and Listing Hazardous Waste; Proposed Exclusion”
October 15, 1999 (64 FR 55880)


EPA proposed to grant a petition submitted by Rhodia, Incorporated
Houston, to exclude (or “delist”) certain filter-cake sludge generated
at its Houston, Harris County, Texas, facility from the lists of
hazardous wastes contained in 40 CFR Sections 261.24, 261.31, and
261.32. Comments must be received by November 29, 1999.


CERCLA


“National Priorities List for Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites,
Proposed Rule No. 30”
October 22, 1999 (64 FR 56992)


This proposed rule proposes to add 9 new sites to the NPL. All of the
sites are being proposed to the General Superfund Section of the NPL.
This proposed rule proposes to add 9 new sites to the NPL. All of the
sites are being proposed to the General Superfund Section of the NPL.


NOTICES


RCRA


“Interagency Project to Clean Up Open Dumps on Tribal Lands; Request for
Proposal”
October 4, 1999 (64 FR 53675)


The National Tribal Solid Waste Interagency Workgroup solicited
proposals for its Tribal Open Dump Cleanup Project for FY2000. For
consideration, pre-proposals must be received no later than November 19,
1999, and full proposals must be received by February 25, 2000.


“Guam: Determination of Adequacy for the State’s Municipal Solid Waste
Permit Program”
October 5, 1999 (64 FR 54013)


EPA issued a notice of tentative determination of adequacy for Guam’s
municipal solid waste landfill (MSWLF) permit program. Comments must be
received on or before November 1, 1999.


“Corrective Action for Solid Waste Management Units at Hazardous Waste
Management Facilities”
October 7, 1999 (64 FR 54604)


EPA announced its decision to withdraw most provisions of the Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for corrective action for solid waste
management units (SWMUs) at hazardous waste management facilities
published on July 27, 1990, otherwise know as the 1990 Subpart S
proposal. EPA plans to withdraw most of the proposed rule because EPA
has determined that such regulations are not necessary to carry out the
Agency’s duties under Sections 3004(u) and (v).


“Peer Reviews Associated with the Guide for Industrial Waste Management”


October 8, 1999 (64 FR 54889)


EPA announced the availability of peer reviews on the models for the
Guide for Industrial Waste Management made by independent experts. EPA
also announced public comments for this publication must be received on
or before December 13, 1999.


“Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review;
Comment Request; General Hazardous Waste Facility Standards”
October 15, 1999 (64 FR 55910)


EPA announced that the Information Collection Request (ICR) General
Hazardous Waste Facility Standards, Office of Management and Budget
(OMB) Control Number 2050-0120 has been forwarded to OMB for review and
approval. Comments must be received on or before November 15, 1999.


“Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste”
October 19, 1999 (64 FR 56256)


EPA corrected 40 CFR Part 261, Appendix IX, Table 1 by removing the
entry for “Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Lackawanna, New York” and
correctly added it to Table 2 of Appendix IX preceding “BF Goodrich
Intermediates Company, Incorporated.”


“Presidential Determination on Classified Information Concerning the Air
Force’s Operating Location Near Groom’s Lake, Nevada”
October 26, 1999 (64 FR 57633)


EPA announced the President of the United States exempted the U.S. Air
Force’s operating location near Groom Lake, Nevada, from any federal,
state, interstate, or local provision respecting control and abatement
of solid waste or hazardous waste disposal that would require the
disclosure of classified information to any unauthorized persons.


“EPA Standards for the Management of Cement Kiln Dust; Request for
Comments”
October 28, 1999 (64 FR 58022)


EPA extended the comment period for the cement kiln dust proposed rule
(64 FR 45632; August 20, 1999). The public comment period for this
proposed rule was supposed to end on November 18, 1999. EPA extended
the period to February 17, 2000.


CERCLA


“Carolina Creosoting Site; Notice to Rescind Federal Register Notice
Dated September 9, 1999”
October 1, 1999 (64 FR 53389)


On September 9, 1999 (64 FR 49014), EPA published a Notice of Proposed
Settlement for response costs incurred by EPA at the Carolina Creosoting
Site located in Leland, North Carolina. The purpose of this notice is
to rescind the September 9, 1999, notice.


“Availability of Draft Toxicological Profiles”
October 15, 1999 (64 FR 55943)


This notice announces the availability of the 13th set of toxicological
profiles prepared by ATSDR and comments pursuant to CERCLA Section
104(i)(3).


“Draft Partial Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Addressing
Injuries to Migratory Birds and Threatened and Endangered Species at the
Tar Creek Superfund Site, Ottawa County, OK”
October 15, 1999 (64 FR 55955)


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service proposes to protect habitat for the
endangered gray bat, threatened Ozark cavefish and bald eagle, and
migratory birds through acquisition of land in fee or easement, or
management agreements with land owners. Such alternatives will provide
partial compensation to the public for injuries to these trust resources
from releases of hazardous chemicals from mining activities at the Tar
Creek Superfund Site, Ottawa County, OK.


“Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act
(CERCLA) or Superfund, Section 104; National Brownfields Assessment
Pilots”
October 19, 1999 (64 FR 56346)


EPA will begin to accept proposals for the National Brownfields
Assessment Pilots on October 19, 1999. EPA expects to select up to 50
additional National Brownfields Assessment Pilots by April 2000. The
deadline for new proposals for the 2000 assessment pilots is February
16, 2000.


Proposals must be post-marked or sent to EPA via registered or tracked
mail by the stated deadline.


“Notice of the Revised Priority List of Hazardous Substances That Will
Be the Subject of Toxicological Profiles”
October 21, 1999 (64 FR 56792)


EPA provided notice that the ATSDR and EPA have developed and are
making available a revised CERCLA priority list of 275 hazardous
substances, based on the most recent information available to the
agencies.


“Notice of the Revised Priority List of Hazardous Substances That Will
Be the Subject of Toxicological Profiles; Correction”
October 29, 1999 (64 FR 58416)


This notice corrects errors found in the notice dated October 21, 1999
(64 FR 56792).


EPCRA


“Lead and Lead Compounds; Lowering of Reporting Thresholds; Community
Right-to-Know Toxic Chemical Release Reporting; Extension of Comment
Period”
October 29, 1999 (64 FR 58370)


On August 3, 1999, EPA issued a proposed rule to lower the reporting
thresholds for lead and lead compounds which are subject to reporting
under EPCRA Section 313 and Section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act
of 1990 (PPA). In an effort to ensure adequate opportunities for input
from all affected parties, including small businesses, EPA is extending
the comment period on this proposal until December 16, 1999.


CAA


“Clean Air Advisory Committee: Accident Prevention Subcommittee Meeting”


October 14, 1999 (64 FR 55710)


The Accident Prevention Subcommittee of the Clean Air Act Advisory
Committee will hold a public meeting on November 5, 1999 from 8:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m.


CONSENT DECREES AND SETTLEMENTS


“Consent Decree; United States v. Cape Chem Corporation, et al.”
October 1, 1999 (64 FR 53414)


“Consent Decree; United States v. Witco Corporation and the Pyrites
Company”
October 1, 1999 (64 FR 53415)


“Proposed Purchaser Agreement; Boyles Galvanizing Site”
October 5, 1999 (64 FR 54014)


“Consent Decree; United States v. Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. and
Exide Corporation”
October 7, 1999 (64 FR 54642)


“Consent Decree; United States v. Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc. and
Exide Corporation”
October 7, 1999 (64 FR 54642)


“Consent Decree; United States and the State of New Hampshire v. City of
Somersworth, et al.”
October 7, 1999 (64 FR 54643)


“Proposed Administrative Settlement; Continental Chemical Corporation
Superfund Site”
October 8, 1999 (64 FR 54890)


“Proposed Administrative Settlement; Aerovox Incorporated”
October 13, 1999 (64 FR 55473)


“Clean Water Act Class II: Proposed Administrative Settlement; Bell
Atlantic Companies”
October 13, 1999 (64 FR 55474)


“Clean Water Act Class II: Proposed Administrative Settlement; MCI
WorldCom”
October 13, 1999 (64 FR 55475)


“Clean Water Act Class II: Proposed Administrative Settlement; US WEST
Communications”
October 13, 1999 (64 FR 55476)


“Clean Water Act Class II: Proposed Administrative Settlement; Western
Wireless Corporation and VoiceStream Wireless Corporation”
October 13, 1999 (64 FR 55477)


“Clean Water Act Class II: Proposed Administrative Settlement; Paging
Network Inc.”
October 13, 1999 (64 FR 55478)


“Clean Water Act Class II: Proposed Administrative Settlement; BellSouth
Corporation”
October 13, 1999 (64 FR 55478)


“Proposed Prospective Purchaser Agreement; Wellington Neighborhood
Property”
October 14, 1999 (64 FR 55721)


“Consent Decree; United States v. Akzo Nobel A.B.”
October 14, 1999 (64 FR 55747)


“Consent Decree; United States v. Brown Co. et al.”
October 14, 1999 (64 FR 55748)


“Consent Decree; United States v. Richard Mottolo, K.J. Quinn & Co.,
Inc., et al.”
October 14, 1999 (64 FR 55748)


“Proposed Administrative Settlement; Sun Laboratories Superfund Site”
October 15, 1999 (64 FR 55923)


“Supplemental Consent Decree; United States v. Akzo Nobel A.B.”
October 26, 1999 (64 FR 57652)


“Consent Decree; United States v. ASARCO Inc., et al.”
October 26, 1999 (64 FR 57652)


“Consent Decree; United States v. Bay Chemical Company, et al.”
October 26, 1999 (64 FR 57653)


“Consent Decree; United States v. General Battery Corporation, et al.”
October 26, 1999 (64 FR 57653)


“Consent Decree; United States v. General Electric Company”
October 26, 1999 (64 FR 57654)


“Consent Decree; United States v. City of Seattle”
October 26, 1999 (64 FR 57654)


“Proposed Administrative Order on Consent; Pulverizing Services
Superfund Site”
October 27, 1999 (64 FR 57885)


“Proposed Administrative Settlement; Culbertson Plastics Drum Site”
October 29, 1999 (64 FR 58405)


“Proposed De Minimis Settlement; Operating Industries, Inc. Landfill
Superfund Site”
October 29, 1999 (64 FR 58406)


“Proposed Prospective Purchaser Agreement; San Gabriel Valley Superfund
Site”
October 29, 1999 (64 FR 58406)


CALL ANALYSIS


This month, the Hotline responded to a total of 14,830 questions and
document requests.


CALLER PROFILE


RCRA/UST Hotline


Regulated Community 2,216
Citizens 248
State & Local Government 112
Native Americans 3
Federal Agencies 55
Educational Institutions 126
EPA 83
Media 5
Interest Groups 101
Congress 1
International 0
Other 242
Referrals* 340
Transfers to EPCRA/Superfund Hotline* 143
Document Retrieval Line* 21
Message Retrieval Line* 108
Mailed Document Requests* 9


TOTAL NUMBER OF CALLERS 3,813


Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act/Superfund Hotline


Manufacturers
Food/Tobacco 14
Textiles 3
Apparel 1
Lumber & Wood 4
Furniture 3
Paper 5
Printing & Publishing 8
Chemicals 135
Petroleum & Coal 18
Rubber and Plastics 10
Leather 1
Stone, Clay & Glass 7
Primary Metals 39
Fabricated Metals 34
Machinery (Excluding Electrical) 5
Electrical & Electronic Equipment 1
Transportation Equipment 5
Instruments 1
Misc. Manufacturing 36
Metal Mining 5
Coal Mining 3
Electricity Generating 9
RCRA Subtitle C 20
Solvent Recovery 1
Petroleum Bulk Storage 7
Chemical Distributor 10
Propane Retailer 26
POTW 24
Subtotal 435


Consultants/Engineers 1,667
Attorneys 95
Citizens 102
Public Interest Groups 58
Educational Institutions 26
EPA 49
Federal Agencies 35
GOCOs 3
Congress 1
State Officials/SERC 25
Local Officials/LEPCs 1
Fire Departments 4
Hospitals/Laboratories 4
Trade Associations 1
Union/Labor 1
Farmers 1
Distributors 23
Insurance Companies 1
Media/Press 3
Native Americans 1
International 1
Other 331
Referrals* 165
Transfers to RCRA/UST Hotline* 118
Document Retrieval Line* 0
Message Retrieval Line* 126


TOTAL NUMBER OF CALLERS 3,277
*No caller profile data available


HOTLINE TOPICS


RCRA


RCRA GENERAL 661
SUBTITLE C
Hazardous Waste Id. - General 768
Characteristics 465
Listings 533
Mixture Rule 67
Derived-From 23
Contained-In Policy 144
Sampling 14
Solid and Hazardous Waste Exclusions 300(1)
Radioactive Mixed Waste 19
Delisting Petitions 31
Definition of Solid Waste/Hazardous
Waste Recycling 507
Large Quantity Generators 558(1)
Small Quantity Generators 135
CESQGs 146
Transporters 92
Exports/Imports 39
TSDFs
General Facility Standards 151
Unit Standards 263
Air Emissions 83
Combustion - General 95
BIFs 21
Incinerators 31
Draft Strategy 6
Waste Minimization 19
LDR
Applicability 173
Notifications/Certification 74
Treatment Standards 246
Permits and Permitting 197
State Programs 92
Financial Assurance 27
Closure/Post-Closure 83
Corrective Action 306(1)
Enforcement 158
Hazardous Waste Data 61
Test Methods 50
Indian Lands 0
Used Oil Standards 170
Military Munitions 12
OTHER WASTES
Ash 0
Bevill Amendment (Mining Waste) 13
Medical Wastes 133
Oil and Gas 19
SUBTITLE D
Household Hazardous Wastes 136
Subtitle D - General 229
Technical Standards 23
Industrial Wastes 147
Municipal Wastes 49
Indian Lands 0
Financial Assurance 5
Solid Waste Recycling/Markets -
General 373
Aluminum 0
Batteries 13
Glass 1
Paper 10
Plastics 21
Tires 16
Used Oil 11
Composting 17
Procurement 56
Source Reduction/Pollution Prevention 79
Grants and Financing 6


TOTAL QUESTIONS 8,177*
* Includes 2,703 RCRA document requests.


UST


General/Misc. 95
Applicability/Definitions 116(1)
Regulated Substances 13
Closure 20
1998 Deadline 10
Standards for New Tank Systems 14
Tank Standards and Upgrading 10
Replacing/Closing 14
Release Detection 23(1)
Reporting Requirements 8
Operating Requirements 6
Corrective Action for USTs 39
Financial Responsibility 8
Enforcement 24(1)
State Programs 4
Private Sector 0
Indian Lands 0
MTBE 9
LUST General/Miscellaneous 3
RBCA 0
Technologies 0
Solvency/Cost Controls 0


TOTAL QUESTIONS 416*
* Includes 125 UST document requests.


EMERGENCY PLANNING AND COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW


General:
General Title III Questions 308
Trade Secrets 4
Enforcement 94(1)
Liability/Citizen Suits 2
Training 5
Chemical-Specific Information 33
Federal Facilities Executive Order 12


Emergency Planning (Sections 301-303):
General 54
Notification Requirements 13
SERC/LEPC Issues 12
EHSs/TPQs 41
Risk Communication/Hazards Analysis 0
Exemptions 2
Emergency Release Notification (Section 304):
General 68
Notification Requirements 58
Reportable Quantities 52
CERCLA Section 103 vs. SARA Section 304 31
ARIP/AHEDB/ERNS 0
Exemptions 18
Hazardous Chemical Reporting
(Sections 311-312)
General 116
MSDS Reporting Requirements 81
Tier I/II Requirements 162
Thresholds 54
Hazard Categories 7
Mixtures Reporting 13
Exemptions 36
Toxic Chemical Release Inventory (Section 313):
General 319
AFR 19
Reporting Requirements 400(1)
Thresholds 143(1)
Form R Completion 1,002(1)
Supplier Notification 6
NOTEs/NOSEs/NONs 107
Voluntary Revisions 225
Pollution Prevention 33/50 7
Public Access to Data 31
TRI Database 20
Petitions 1
TRI Expansion 18
Exemptions 48(1)
CAA (Section 112(r)):
General Duty 36
RMP General 369
Regulated Substances/Thresholds 194(1)
Exemptions 77
Process Identification 52
Program Levels 15
Offsite Consequence Analysis 192(1)
Accident History 1
Prevention Program 7
Emergency Response Program 9
Management Program 2
RMP Submission 71(1)
Access to RMP Data 83(1)
Risk Communication 49
State Implementation 7
RMP Enforcement 53



TOTAL QUESTIONS 4,839
*Includes 556 Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know document
requests.



SUPERFUND


General/Misc. 201
Access & Information Gathering 9
Administrative Improvement
General 19
Environmental Justice/Brownfields 74
SACM/Presumptive Remedies 5
Soil Screening Levels 12
Administrative Record 6
ARARs 41
CERCLIS 84
Citizen Suits 0
Claims Against Fund 6
Clean-Up Costs 37
Clean-Up Standards 48
Community Involvement 5
Contract Lab Program (CLP) 9
Contractor Indemnification 0
Contracts 3
Definitions 12
Enforcement 64
Federal Facilities 9
Hazardous Substances 79
HRS 3
Liability 58
Local Gov't Reimbursement 0
Natural Resource Damages 9
NCP 18
Notification 101(1)
NPL 63(1)
Off Site Rule 4
OSHA 0
PA/SI 8
PRPs 12
RD/RA 16
Reauthorization 3
Remedial 25
Removal 2
RI/FS 23
Risk Assess./Health Effects 34
ROD 31
RQ 92(1)
Settlements 41
SITE Program 0
State Participation 0
State Program 4
TAGs 0
Taxes 1


Special Topics
Oil Pollution Act 13
SPCC Regulations 114(1)


TOTAL QUESTIONS 1,398*
*Includes 443 Superfund document requests.


(1) Hot topics for this month
Topics are calculated as the summation of all questions received by the
Hotline. A single call may result in multiple questions.


TOTAL HOTLINE QUESTIONS AND DOCUMENT REQUESTS: 14,830

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