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EPA Collaborates with DHS on e-Manifest System

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized the Electronic Hazardous Waste Manifest System Rule which, among other things, establishes the national electronic manifest system (e-Manifest system) and requires certain users to pay a prescribed fee for each manifest they use and submit to the e-Manifest system.

In its detailed discussion of the Final Rule, the EPA concluded there was a plausible security risk posed by unrestricted public access to e-Manifest data, and it collaborated with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a strategy to mitigate that risk. Accordingly, under the Final Rule, the e-Manifest system will withhold the details of manifests for “P-List” and “U-List” wastes with chemical names that also appear in Appendix A to 6 CFR Part 27 (i.e., Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Chemicals of Interest) and only display “P-List or U-List waste” in the public facing e-Manifest system.