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ISRI Opens SREA Program to Nonmembers for First Time

(Washington, DC) - The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is announcing that it has opened up its popular Superfund Recycling Equity Act (SREA) Reasonable Care Compliance Program to nonmembers. The SREA Reasonable Care Compliance Program offers detailed reports on consuming facilities’ environmental compliance records. Doing such due diligence on facilities can assist recyclers with the defense of a Superfund liability claim as a way of showing “reasonable care.”

“Superfund liability can be expensive for recyclers if they have not done their due diligence. The cost could potentially put companies out of business,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “The SREA Reasonable Care Compliance Program provides recyclers with publicly-available compliance records on consuming facilities to aid with SREA’s due diligence requirements. ISRI decided to make the compliance program more widely available so the entire industry can access this comprehensive information which is so critical to the SREA liability defense.”

Federal Superfund law can hold scrap processors and brokers liable for cleanup costs of consuming facilities’ properties if the owners are bankrupt or otherwise unable to pay for cleanup costs. Under SREA, recyclers can employ a valid defense to a claim for Superfund liability if they shipped recyclable materials and conducted “reasonable care” to ensure they did not ship to facilities not in compliance with environmental laws.

What recyclers should know about the ISRI SREA Reasonable Care Program:

  • Reports should be ordered for every consuming facility to which recyclable materials are being sent, and done so annually.
  • The SREA program offers compliance reports on consuming facilities which include:
    • Publicly available, comprehensive environmental compliance information compiled from more than 1,200 federal, state, and local databases;
    • FOIA requests;
    • Facility questionnaires; and
    • Supporting back-up data.
  • Recyclers must make their own business decision on whether to ship materials. The reports provide publicly available data with no recommended actions from ISRI.

Valued at more than $1,000 per report, ISRI offers each report for $40 for members and $400 for nonmembers.

In addition, to making the program available not nonmembers, ISRI also now allows orders to bel placed year-round. Previously, there was an open-season for ordering in the Spring, with full reports being delivered in the Fall.

Additional background and ordering details can be found on the SREA Reasonable Care Compliance Program page of the ISRI website.

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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents 1,300 companies in 20 chapters in the U.S. and more than 40 countries that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. Generating nearly $117 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides more than 500 million Americans with good jobs.

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