UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
                         WASHINGTON, D.C. 20460
MEMORANDUM
                           AUG 17  1996
                                                            OFFICE OF
                                                       SOLID WASTE AND EMERGENCY
                                                            RESPONSE
SUBJECT:        Hazardous Waste Management System: Agency Proposes
                -Not  "to List 14 Spent Solvents

FROM:           Micha'el Shapiro,' Director
             ^> Office of (Solid Waste
TO:
RCRA National Policy  Managers
Regions I-X
     On August  5,  1996,  the Administrator signed  a  proposal not to
amend the  regulations for hazardous waste management  under the
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act  (RCRA)  for wastes generated
during the use  of  certain organic solvents.   Specifically,  the
Agency proposes not to list as hazardous any  of the following 14
spent solvents  examined: acetonitrile,  benzyl chloride,  cumene,
cyclohexanol,  1,4-dichlorobenzene, epichloro-hydrin,  ethylene
dibromide,  2-ethoxyethanol acetate, furfural  isophorone,
2-methoxyethanol,  2-methoxyethanol acetate, methyl  chloride and
phenol.

     We have determined that these solvent wastes pose little or no
risk to human health or the environment because the risk assessment
performed  for each solvent does not show a substantial level of
risk. A more detailed fact sheet  is attached  and  a  prepublication
copy of the Federal Register notice has been  posted in the common
Postman directory in each region  under  "Solvents.fr."  These
documents  will  also be available'on the Internet  System (see fact
sheet  for  complete details).  If  you need more specific technical
information,  please contact Ron Josephson at  (703)  308-0442.  The
general public can request copies from  the RCRA Hotline at  (800)
424-9346.
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      RCRA State Authorization and  Permit  Offices
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      \       UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
       9                  WASHINGTON, D.C. 20460
                          AUG  I 7 1996
                                                            OFFICE OF
                                                       SOLID WASTE AND EMERGENC Y
                                                            RESPONSE
Dear Colleague:

     On August  5,  1996,  the Administrator of  the  Environmental
Protection Agency  (EPA)  signed a proposal not  to  amend the
regulations  for hazardous waste management under  the  Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act for wastes generated during the use
of certain organic solvents.  EPA has determined  that these solvent
wastes pose  little or no risk to human health  or  the  environment
because the  risk assessment performed for each solvent does not
show a substantial level of risk. Specifically, the Agency proposes
not to list  as  hazardous any of the following  14  spent solvents
examined: acetonitrile,  benzyl chloride, cumene,  cyclohexanol,  1,4-
dichlorobenzene, epichlorohydrin, ethylene dibromide,
2-ethoxyethanol acetate, furfural, isophorone,  2-methoxyethanol,
2-methoxyethanol acetate, methyl chloride and  phenol.

     A disk  containing a prepublication copy of the rule,  and a
fact sheet are  enclosed for your information and  use.  These
documents also  will be available on the Internet  through the EPA
public access gopher in the near future. You may  order paper copies
of the rule  and obtain technical assistance from  the  RCRA Hotline
at 1-800-424-9346.

                          Sincerely,


                                     '""""        *   '>.'Y~

                          Michael Shapiro, Director
                          Office of Solid Waste

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