e-Manifest is out baby!
EPA Launches National Electronic Hazardous Waste Tracking System.
Wow, one day ahead of schedule the U.S. EPA announced June 29, 2018 that it is launching the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System or commonly referred to as “e-Manifest”. However a lot of companies and organizations are still struggling to get up to speed and in compliance with this new requirement. Integrating e-manifest into various software systems that different companies and organizations use is not a simple 1-2-3 step; significant changes have to be made to properly and accurately enable them to submit paper manifest electronically to the EPA. EPA is aware of this and is allowing you to continue to submit paper manifests until September 30, 2018 to give those who need it more time to integrate this new requirement into their current system.
My gut tells me come September 1, 2018 there still will be ton of confusion and consternation about how this is all going to play out. A change of this magnitude after 30 years of doing it one way isn’t going to be smooth but in the end it is expected to save US companies millions and allow for better tracking, transparency and state review in addition to saving a ton in paper waste; improving protection of our environment.
More information about e-manifests can be found at https://www.epa.gov/e-manifest
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