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Membership Benefits: Government Affairs



Perhaps the most valuable benefit of NORA membership is our professional government affairs program. The liquid recycling industry is particularly impacted by regulations. NORA is there to make sure your interests are represented.


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Membership dues fund all the government affairs programs and regulatory watchdog activities. In the past, NORA successfully fought the hazardous waste designation of used oil, aided in the development of the EPA's used oil management standard, worked with the US Department of Energy report on used oil to Congress and drove the modifications of the centralized wastewater treatment regulations. Today, NORA works to keep your business healthy by working on used oil life cycle analysis plans, rebuttable presumption, redefinition of solid waste, parts cleaning and filter issues, and much more.

NORA works to correct or contain flawed public policy and funds work to ensure the continued health of the liquid recycling industry. NORA also works to increase the understanding among policymakers, the media and the general public about the importance of the industry.

Your membership underwrites many NORA assets that make up the heart and soul of the government affairs program.


NORA Office

  • NORA maintains an office near Washington, DC, allowing Executive Director Scott D. Parker easy access to EPA and others.
  • NORA General Counsel - Chris Harris, Harris Law Office
  • For new NORA members, NORA General Counsel Chris Harris provides up to one hour of free legal counseling on environmental issues such as used oil management standards (including rebuttable presumption) and hazardous waste regulations. Chris can be reached at 406-586-9902. He attends all NORA conferences and is available to meet with new members to discuss legal matters.
  • NORA Senior Consultant - Jack Waggener, P.E., URS Corporation


Current Government Affairs Issues NORA Is Involved In:

  • NORA 2014 PCB/TSCA Reform Effort, a major lobbying project to modify the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the associated regulations and guidance to assure that there are more environmentally sound, but economically feasible, options for addressing PCB contaminated used oil.
  • EPA's proposed rule that would classify certain non-hazardous secondary materials, including off-spec used oil, as solid waste-derived fuels.
  • California's Used Oil Life-Cycle Assessment Project, a $6 million study with a mission to promote increased collection and responsible management of used oil by conducting comprehensive life cycle analysis of the used lubricant and industrial oil management process from generation to collection, transportation, and reuse alternatives.


Association Partnerships

NORA actively works with related organizations to help promote and protect the interests of NORA members. NORA has established relationships with the Automotive Oil Change Association, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association and the National Association of Manufacturers, among others, to better serve members.

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