Industry Fight Could Undermine EPA-Activist Pact on New Waste Definition

    View Author January 2011

    A recent article in US EPA’s Superfund Report discusses how a pending case involving the oil industry and a recycler could undo an agreement reached between US EPA and the Sierra Club over the definition of solid waste. The American Petroleum Institute (AIP), a trade group representing the oil industry is at odds with Gulf Chemical and Metallurgical Corporation over how some oil refinery wastes are regulated. Gulf Chemical wants the litigation to be dismissed, while API wants its arguments heard by the court. At stake is the agreement between the Sierra Club and US EPA, which would have US EPA rewrite is rules defining solid waste. However, if the litigation is dismissed and the rules are left in place, Sierra Club will be barred from raising its own legal claims regarding the rules in a new appeal.

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