EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Revisions to Standards for Open Burning/Open Detonation of Waste Explosives

On May 16, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a notice in the Federal Register extending the comment period on proposed revisions to regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) related to the use of open burning/open detonation (OB/OD) to treat waste explosives by 30 days.

An OB/OD unit is a unit used for the treatment of waste explosives. The EPA is proposing changes to clarify how facilities would assess whether safe alternatives are available in lieu of OB/OD. In addition, for instances where OB/OD remains the only treatment method for waste explosives, the agency is proposing minimum technical standards for OB/OD units. The agency is also proposing a framework for permitting mobile treatment units, which could be used as an alternative to OB/OD.

Comments on the proposed rule are now due by June 20, 2024.