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What is RCRA?

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The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) protects communities and resource conservation. To achieve this, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) develops regulations, guidance, and policies that ensure the safe management and cleanup of solid and hazardous waste, and programs that encourage source reduction and beneficial reuse.

How does RCRA Work? 

RCRA works to set up a framework for a national system of solid waste control. RCRA has many different subtitles within the framework. Subtitle D is dedicated to non-hazardous solid waste requirements, and Subtitle C focuses on hazardous solid waste. Solid waste includes solids, liquids and gases and must be discarded to be considered waste.

RCRA has been ammended several times, and it requires the President’s signature to become law. The EPA translates this direction into operating programs by developing regulations, guidance and policy.

The general public plays a key role in RCRA by providing input and comments during almost every stage of the program’s development and implementation.

States play the lead role in implementing non-hazardous waste programs under Subtitle D. The EPA has developed regulations to set minimum national technical standards for how disposal facilities should be designed and operated. States issue permits to ensure compliance with EPA and state regulations.

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Post Date: 3/12/2018

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