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SMM Web Academy Webinar Series:

Potential Issues with Managing and Recycling Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs)
Listening Session Webinar

Thursday, May 30, 2013
1:00–4:00 PM EST

On Thursday, May 30, 2013 the EPA held a listening session webinar on potential issues with managing and recycling CRTs. This webinar was an opportunity for stakeholders to identify concerns about CRT management, including whether stockpiling is occurring, and to identify potential solutions to any problems identified.


EPA provided an overview of the CRT Rule and responses to some of the frequently asked questions on the rule.

Attendees had an opportunity to share information with EPA, including whether attendees:

For additional information or questions concerning this invitation, please contact Shayla Powell at 703-308-0319 or by email at powell.shayla@epa.gov


With new technologies such as Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), Light Emitting Diode (LED) and plasma screens, the demand for new CRTs has dropped dramatically. EPA has heard that this has resulted in a glut of used CRTs and CRT glass accumulation. For example, a report by TransparentPlanet* estimates that about 660 million pounds are being stockpiled nationally. CRT stockpiles are not an immediate environmental concern as long as they are being managed according to the RCRA regulations. However, there is a risk that a collapse of viable CRT recycling options may lead to mismanagement of CRTs and CRT glass. CRT glass contains lead and, if mismanaged through inappropriate storage, recycling or disposal, can cause significant environmental harm.

(For more information on how EPA currently regulates recycling of used CRTs and CRT glass under the RCRA regulations, including EPA's response to Frequently Asked Questions, go to www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/recycling/electron/)


Karen Pollard is EPA's Electronics Recycling Expert in the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery. She was a key participant in the Presidential Interagency Task Force to develop the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship. Prior to the National Strategy, she led a multi-stakeholder process to develop a voluntary consensus standard that includes sound environmental and human health best practices for electronics recyclers. She also helped to implement a third-party certification program for the standard. Prior to coming to electronics, Karen led the national site-specific risk assessment program for hazardous waste combustors and prior to that she regulated new chemicals before they came on the market. Before she came to EPA she was a horticulturist at the United States Botanic Gardens in Washington DC. Karen holds a B.S. from Virginia Tech.

Amanda Kohler has been a rule writer in EPA's Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery for over six years. She has worked on several rulemakings with a focus on hazardous waste recycling and is currently leading development of the Revision to the Export Provisions of the Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Rule. Additionally, she has led efforts to assist states and EPA regions with implementation of RCRA rules and is also involved in efforts to use hazardous waste data to find opportunities to increase hazardous waste recycling. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the State University of New York at Albany.


* TransparentPlanet is a consulting firm established in 2008 to serve the electronics recycling industry by improving businesses and driving positive industry change.

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