Inside EPA Quotes Aaron Goldberg on Shortcomings in EPA’s New Lithium-Ion Battery Guidance

Inside EPA

Inside EPA recently featured Principal Aaron Goldberg’s (Washington, DC) analysis of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new guidance on the collection and recycling of used lithium-ion batteries in “Lawyer Fears 'Major Outstanding Questions' In EPA’s New Battery Guide.” Aaron first wrote about these developments in a B&D news alert, “New EPA Guidance on Lithium-Ion Batteries Leaves Critical Questions Unanswered.”

The article highlights Aaron’s observations on the new guidance, including its lack of clarity on how certain key rules apply to lithium-ion batteries, products containing such batteries, and battery recycling intermediates such as “black mass,” as well as its shortcomings in facilitating the development of a circular economy for the critical minerals contained in the batteries.

Click here to download a PDF of the article, found on page 16.

For more information about EPA’s guidance document and the applicability of RCRA to lithium-ion batteries, devices containing batteries, black mass, and other battery derivatives, please contact Aaron.

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