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IV. Agency's Response to Comments
A. Ink Jet Cartridges
B. Comments on Other Items
V. Supporting Information and Accessing Internet
I. Authority
The Recovered Materials Advisory Notice II (RMAN II) is published
under the authority of sections 2002(a) and 6002 of the Solid Waste
Disposal Act, as amended by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
of 1976 (RCRA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 6912(a) and 6962; and Executive
Order 12873 (58 FR 54911, October 22, 1993).
II. Background
Section 6002 of RCRA establishes a Federal buy-recycled program.
RCRA section 6002(e) requires EPA to (1) designate items that are or
can be produced with recovered materials and (2) prepare guidelines to
assist procuring agencies in complying with affirmative procurement
requirements set forth in paragraphs (c), (d), and (i) of section 6002.
Once EPA has designated an item, section 6002 requires that any
procuring agency using appropriated Federal funds to procure that item
must purchase it containing recovered materials to the maximum extent
practicable. For the purposes of RCRA section 6002, procuring agencies
include the following: (1) any Federal agency; (2) any State or local
agencies using appropriated Federal funds for a procurement; and (3)
any contractors with these agencies (with respect to work performed
under the contract). The requirements of section 6002 apply to such
procuring agencies only when procuring a designated item where the
price of the item exceeds $10,000 or when the quantity of the item, or
functionally equivalent items, purchased in the previous year exceeded
Executive Order 12873 (58 FR 54911, October 22, 1993) directs EPA
to designate items in a Comprehensive Procurement Guideline (CPG) and
publish guidance that contains EPA's recommended recovered materials
content levels for the designated items in Recovered Materials Advisory
Notices (RMAN). The Executive Order further directs EPA to update the
CPG annually and the RMAN periodically to reflect changes in market
conditions. EPA codifies the CPG designations in the Code of Federal
Regulations (CFR), but, because the recommendations are guidance, the
RMAN is not codified in the CFR. This process enables EPA to make
timely revisions to its recommendations in response to changes in a
product's availability or recovered materials content.
EPA issued the CPG I and RMAN I on May 1,1995 (60 FR 21370 and
21386, respectively). CPG I designated 19 items and consolidated five
previous item designations made in earlier EPA procurement guidelines,


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