• EPA to Conduct Environmental Justice Analysis of Existing Hazardous Waste Exemptions
  • January 27, 2010 | Authors: Susan Parker Bodine; Michael T. Scanlon
  • Law Firms: Barnes & Thornburg LLP - Washington Office; Barnes & Thornburg LLP - Indianapolis Office
  • On Jan. 13, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Draft Environmental Justice Methodology for the Definition of Solid Waste Final Rule. As had been previously announced, EPA intends to examine the potential adverse impacts of the December 2008 Definition of Solid Waste Rulemaking on minority or low income communities. In its proposed analysis, EPA may assume that facilities will not comply with the conditions in the rule that provide environmental protections, presuming releases to identify “potential hazards.”