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June 5, 2018

Christopher R. Bryant Quoted In Bloomberg Environment Article “Confusion Drives Firms Away From EPA Waste Tracking System”

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On July 4, 2018, Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Consultant, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new electronic tracking system for hazardous waste shipments called e-Manifest.

“There is a ton of confusion and trepidation about how this is all going to work,” Christopher Bryant, senior regulatory consultant for Bergeson & Campbell PC in Washington, told Bloomberg Environment.

Future manifest system users have peppered the agency with emails for months, asking how to comply, who needs to comply, where the requirements will apply, and how much it will cost.

The EPA hopes electronic manifests will create more effective compliance monitoring, timely notifications of hazardous waste shipments, and one-stop shopping for the agency and states to find the manifest data they need. 

“As with the launch of anything new on the level of this magnitude, we know a complete transition to electronic manifests will take time,” the agency told Bloomberg Environment.

The system is largely an effort to modernize hazardous waste tracking documents, Bryant said, and reduce the costs associated with paper documents.

The agency will accept both electronic manifests and paper manifests as options for companies to comply with federal waste tracking requirements. The EPA expects the electronic manifests to become the predominant means of hazardous waste tracking.

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