Metal recyclers in the greater San Fernando Valley region are concerned that new state regulations may drive them out of business.

So much so, in fact, that two, Express Metals Recycling in Sun Valley and Pacific Auto Recycling Center in Lancaster, have joined up with one of the largest private recycling firms in the Central Valley to petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rescind the state’s ability to enforce the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA, and assume responsibility for implementing RCRA and the federal hazardous waste program in California. 

Under current regulations, recyclers can shred metal and remove it from products such as cars and appliances and not have to worry about additional oversight by the state Department of Toxic Substance Control. Under the proposed regulations, the shredded metal would be considered a hazardous waste, making it subject to additional scrutiny by the department. 

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