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On July 31, 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Solvent-Contaminated Wipes final rule that clarifies how companies must handle disposable and reusable solvent-contaminated industrial wipes. This change is affecting many businesses, from auto repair shops to large manufacturing facilities, by stipulating requirements for handling solvent-contaminated wipes in order to avoid hazardous waste rules, which would otherwise apply. While significantly easier than the hazardous waste requirements, the new rule still imposes a high level of management in handling industrial wipes.

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