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Te assessment, plus years of outreach Last year, the U.S. Envi-


ronmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, released a risk assessment con- cluding that silica-based spent foundry sands from iron, steel and aluminum metalcasting facilities, when used in certain soil-related activities, are protective of human health and the environment and yield environmental benefits. This was a big win in implementing more beneficial use projects for spent foundry sands. Te risk assessment marked a


efforts to state and local officials, helped the metalcasting industry in Michigan successfully achieve rewritten beneficial use rules in that state.


significant milestone for the met- alcasting industry relative to efforts to gain acceptance of recycled foundry sand in the marketplace. Te assessment, plus years of


outreach efforts to state and local officials, helped the metalcasting industry in Michigan successfully achieve rewritten beneficial use rules in that state.


Spent metalcasting sand has been declared by EPA to be safe to use in a variety of applications, such as this embankment and third lane expansion on the Ohio turnpike.


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