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  • Writer's pictureTom Petersen

Update on RCRA Exclusion for Solvent Contaminated Wipes

Updated: Aug 28, 2023

This post updates the earlier EES blog post on this topic.

As of today, the EPA Solvent Wipe rule is in effect in the following states, as shown on this map:

  • Pennsylvania

  • New Jersey

  • Virginia

  • North Carolina

  • Florida

  • Illinois

  • Iowa

  • Alaska

  • Rhode Island (reusables only)

Numerous other states are expected to adopt the rule during the next two years, so be sure to keep track of whether your state is planning to adopt the rule. The rule is also currently in effect in American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

This rule streamlines compliance with the federal and state waste regulations for solvent contaminated wipes. Your facility can save time and money with just a few simple adjustments to your handling and storage of contaminated reusable and/or disposable wipes. By labeling your drums “Excluded Solvent-Contaminated Wipes”; accumulating for less than 180 days; ensuring that they contain no free liquids; and maintaining appropriate records, your facility will have made significant progress in complying with this rule.

This EPA web page includes a link to a handy overview of the final rule.

Please contact me at 215-881-9401 or if you would like to discuss your facility’s environmental compliance needs.

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