Electronic Manifests




The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule that authorizes the use of electronic manifests to track hazardous waste. The e-Manifest system will track off-site shipments of hazardous waste from a generator’s site to the site of the receipt and disposition of the hazardous waste.

The final rule implements provisions of the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act, which directs the EPA to establish a national e-Manifest system, and to impose reasonable user service fees as a means to fund the development and operation of the e-Manifest system.

The final rule will lead to the development of a national e-Manifest system, which will upgrade the current paper-based system into an electronic system for tracking hazardous waste. The EPA estimates that the e-Manifest system will reduce the time spent on manifests, and thereby result in costs savings of more than $75 million per year for states and industry.

The final rule establishes the legal and policy framework for using electronic manifests. However, the EPA noted that several more steps will be needed to fully implement the e-Manifest program, including establishing the system and initial fee structure, as well as, implementation and compliance dates.

For more general information on e-Manifests, go to this EPA web page.

To view Frequent Questions on e-Manifests, go to this EPA web page.

To see the complete 208 page e-Manifest final rule, go to this EPA web page. Please note that when the official version of the document is published in the Federal Register, this pre-publication version will be removed and replaced with a link to the official version.