The U.S. EPA announced in June the availability of a beta-test version of a software package that prioritizes chemicals according to their persistence, bioaccumulation, toxicity, and quantity. The intent of the software and its documentation is to provide hazardous waste generators, government agencies, technical assistance centers and others involved in waste minimization with a tool to assist in identifying these priority chemicals. EPA's 1994 Waste Minimization National Plan calls for a voluntary 50 percent reduction in the presence of the most persistent bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals in hazardous wastes by 2005. The agency seeks comments on these materials by August. 7. Copies of these materials can be obtained on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/minimize or ftp.epa/gov or through the RCRA/ Superfund hotline, Tel: (800) 424-9346, (703) 412-9810.
Edited by Paul Hersch