EPA Considers Regulating Chemical Recycling

Oct. 11, 2021
The agency signals that it wants more information on pyrolysis and gasification.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is weighing whether chemical recycling could be regulated under the federal Clean Air Act, according to an article from U.S. News & World Report. The agency, in a notice in the Federal Register, indicates that it is seeking more information on pyrolysis and gasification, which the article terms controversial technologies.

According to the article, a Reuters investigation earlier this year examined 30 projects from two dozen advanced recycling facilities that aim to convert hard-to-recycle waste into fuels or energy using high heat and solvents and determined many of these operations are not processing much waste. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is reportedly urging legislators to incentivize chemical recycling and 14 states have passed laws exempting the facilities from solid waste and recycling laws.

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