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Emerging EPA Regulation of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

December 2012

Citation: 42 ELR 11105

Issue: 12

Author: Gabriel Eckstein

The May 25, 2012, report—entitled EPA Inaction in Identifying Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals May Result in Unsafe Disposal—disapproved of EPA’s lack of progress in determining
whether certain pharmaceuticals found in surface, ground, and drinking water qualify as hazardous waste, as well as in establishing an evaluation and regulatory process for pharmaceutical wastes. As a result of the report, EPA is now considering mechanisms for assessing and regulating the presence of certain pharmaceutical products in the environment as hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Gabriel Eckstein is a Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan University, and Of Counsel, Sullivan & Worcester

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