Based on The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment act, passed into law on October 5, 2012, The EPA has launched its electronic manifest program, starting June 30, 2018. The goal for the “e-manifest act” is to reduce the burden of preparing and shipping paper manifests to state and industry users by 300,000 to 700,000 hours annually. This translates to a savings of $75 – $90 million!
The initial proposal to transition from paper began in 2001. The EPA held several stakeholder meetings and received lots of comments by users asking for this transition. The act of creating a manifest, ensuring accuracy, making changes both manually and electronically and keeping the communication clear between all parties involved creates a lot of work, follow up and state reporting for everyone. So, the EPA has been working on a way to make the process easier and, so far, there have been some real benefits (from the EPA website):
- Cost savings;
- Accurate and more timely information on waste shipments;
- Rapid notification of discrepancies or other problems related to a particular shipment;
- Creation of a single hub for one-stop reporting of manifest data for use by EPA and states;
- Increased effectiveness of compliance monitoring of waste shipments by regulators; and
- The potential for integrating manifest reporting with Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) biennial reporting process and other federal and state information systems.
While these benefits will serve everyone for both the short and long term, there will be a cost associated with NOT signing up for the e-manifest program. While it is not known yet when the costs will kick in, we are here to help you transition.
Contact us right away so we can assist you and your company with the transition.