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PUBLIC LAW 100-000—MMMM. DD, 1988

PUBLIC LAW 100-582—NOV. 1, 1988

102 STAT. 2957

"(B) potential guidelines for the handling, storage, treatment, and disposal of medical waste by households and small quantity generators. "(12) Available and potentially available methods for the reuse or reduction of the volume of medical waste generated. "(b) INTERIM REPORTS.—The Administrator shall submit two interim reports to Congress on the topics listed in subsection (a). The interim reports shall contain the information on the topics available to the Administrator at the time of submission. One interim report shall be due 9 months after enactment of this subtitle and one shall be due 12 months after the effective date of regulations under this subtitle. "(c) CONSULTATION.—In preparing the reports under this section, the Administrator shall consult with appropriate State and local agencies. "SEC. 11009. HEALTH IMPACTS REPORT.

42 USC 6992h.

"Within 24 months after the enactment of this section, the Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry shall prepare for Congress a report on the health effects of medical waste, including each of the following— "(1) A description of the potential for infection or injury from the segregation, handling, storage, treatment, or disposal of medical wastes. "(2) An estimate of the number of people injured or infected annually by sharps, and the nature and seriousness of those injuries or infections. "(3) An estimate of the number of people infected annually by other means related to waste segregation, handling, storage, treatment, or disposal, and the nature and seriousness of those infections. "(4) For diseases possibly spread by medical waste, including Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and hepatitis B, an estimate of what percentage of the total number of cases nationally may be traceable to medical wastes. "SEC. 11010. GENERAL PROVISIONS.

42 USC 69921.

"(a) CONSULTATION.—(1) In promulgating regulations under this subtitle, the Administrator shall consult with the affected States and may consult with other interested parties. "(2) The Administrator shall also consult with the International Canada. Joint Commission to determine how to monitor the disposal of medical waste emanating from Canada. "(b) PuBuc COMMENT.—In the case of the regulations required by this subtitle to be promulgated within 9 months after the enactment of this subtitle, the Administrator may promulgate such regulations in interim final form without prior opportunity for public comment, but the Administrator shall provide an opportunity for public comment on the interim final rule. The promulgation of such regulations shall not be subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980. "(c) RELATIONSHIP TO SUBTITLE C.—Nothing in this subtitle shall affect the authority of the Administrator to regulate medical waste, including medical waste listed under section 11002, under subtitle C of this Act.