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Lubes’n’Greases Magazine Recognizes NORA’s Efforts in Fight Against EPA

Wednesday, April 4, 2012  
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Lubes'n'Greases Magazine Recognizes NORA's Efforts in Fight Against EPA

Haymarket, Virginia (April 4, 2012) - Lubes’n’Greases, a major industry publication for the global lubricants and grease industry, recognized in its April issue NORA’s efforts in its fight against EPA’s proposed rule. The EPA rule would classify certain non-hazardous secondary materials, including off-spec used oil, as solid waste-derived fuels.

The magazine, which reaches nearly 16,700 subscribers in the global lubricants industry each month, highlighted NORA’s efforts in its article titled "Toe to Toe with EPA: Recyclers Take on Agency over Waste Oil Rule,” featuring NORA Executive Director Scott D. Parker and Chris Harris, NORA’s general counsel.

"EPA’s misguided solid waste rule regarding off-spec used oil and Sierra Club’s corresponding lawsuit related to on-spec used oil, if unchallenged, will negatively impact all recyclers of used oil,” Parker said. "NORA’s recent efforts to defend the rights of members to responsibly recycle used oil and related materials is attracting the attention of many related groups and publications including Lubes’n’Greases.”

NORA's latest comments to EPA's proposal pointed out that the rule would dramatically impair the legitimate recycling of off-spec used oil and would contradict Congress' legislative mandate to encourage used oil recycling.

If EPA's rule is adopted as proposed, off-spec used oil would have to be incinerated. However, fewer than 10 incinerators in the United States would be operational and commercially available. Therefore, the practical outcome of the rule would be widespread improper disposal as well as shipments to China, which requires very few air pollution controls.


Click here to view the Lubes’n’Greases article.
Click here for the full text of NORA’s latest comments on EPA’s proposed rule.

About NORA

NORA, An Association of Responsible Recyclers represents over 275 leading companies involved in responsibly recycling used oil and related materials that would otherwise negatively impact the environment. NORA members work every day to ensure that more than a billion gallons per year of used oil and related materials are collected, recycled and given another useful life. NORA has been defending and promoting the industry since 1985. For more information on NORA, visit

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