The days of 6 paper copies of a Hazardous Waste Manifest may finally be drawing to a close. Earlier this month President Obama signed Senate Bill S.710; The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act. This regulation amends the Solid Waste Disposal Act requiring the federal government to implement an optional electronic submission system within 3 years. This optional system must be made available to any person currently required to submit paper manifests.
There is little in the regulation that defines the specifics of how this might be accomplished just a lot of information on how fees would be collected to pay for the system, and how they must promulgate additional regulations to carry out the implementation within the next year. Overall the new system must be established “Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment”. I guess that means that we could see the system sooner than the 3 year timetable.
From KPA’s perspective this regulation is long overdue. As we continue to shift all of our programs online this is the first step towards eliminating all of those paper shipping receipts our client’s receive. Ultimately, without making any specific promises, this regulation could pave the way for KPA to implement an online “Yellow Box”.