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The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), enacted in 1976, is a Federal law of the United States contained in 42 U.S.C. §§6901-6992k. It is usually pronounced as "rick-rah" or "Wreck-rah." The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that RCRA's goals are: Jump to: navigation, search 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Federal law is the body of law created by the federal government of a nation. ... EPA redirects here. ...

  • to protect the public from harm caused by waste disposal
  • to encourage reuse, reduction, and recycling
  • to clean up spilled or improperly stored wastes.

EPA waste management regulations are codified at 40 C.F.R. pts. 239-282. Regulations regarding management of hazardous waste begins at 40 C.F.R. pt. 260. Waste management is literally the process of managing waste materials (normally those produced as a result of human activities). ... The international symbol for recycling. ...


The EPA replaced its toll-free hotline c. 2005 with the RCRA Online Database -- http://www.epa.gov/rcraonline. For more information see EPA's RCRA Orientation Manual (1996).

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Related acts

An amendment of the earlier Solid Waste Disposal Act of 1965, RCRA was enacted to create a management system to regulate waste from "cradle-to-grave." In 1984 the Hazardous and Solid Wastes Amendments Act was added to the Act and in 1986 the law was expanded further to regulate underground storage tanks and other leaking waste storage facilities. However, unlike the "Superfund" (CERCLA), RCRA only regulates active and not historical sites. 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Checking the status of a cleanup site Superfund is the common name for the United States environmental law that is officially known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 9601 to 9675, which was enacted by the United States Congress on December 11... Checking the status of a cleanup site CERCLA is an acronym for the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 9601 to 9675 (commonly known as the Superfund), which was enacted by the United States Congress on December 11, 1980 in response to the Love Canal...


Implementation and scope

The EPA Office of Solid Waste (OSW) is responsible for implementing RCRA. The act is similar to the Clean Air Act (USA) (1970) in that it allows the OSW to delegate responsibility for certain wastes to the state level. All but three states have accepted full responsibility for RCRA enforcement and receive financial support for doing so. The Clean Air Act (CAA) of 1970 requires the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and enforce regulations to protect the general public from exposure to airborne contaminants that are known to be hazardous to human health. ...


Primarily, RCRA defines hazardous waste and mandates record keeping and reporting necessary to keep track of where such wastes originate, are treated, stored or disposed. This is accomplished through the use of a manifest system called Biennial Reporting System: reports which companies file every two years with EPA or their local state agency. The EPA or state agency issues permits under RCRA to Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs) which are allowed to handle hazardous waste under the terms of the permit. RCRA includes significant enforcement legislation including the ability to pursue criminal prosecution and large fines for failing to comply with RCRA's reporting requirements and its other provisions. Hazardous waste is waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment and generally exhibits one or more of these characteristics: ignitability corrosivity reactivity (explosive) toxicity Generally, toxicity is quantified through the use of the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure or TCLP test, as required by EPA...


Major sources of hazardous solid waste have been exempted from coverage of RCRA. These sources include municipal water, domestic sewage, NPDES permit, and "recycling". Recycling waste under RCRA is restricted to wastes that are part of an ongoing process and destined for immediate re-use (within 90 days). See American Mining Congress v. EPA.


TSDFs

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RCRA (pronounced "rick-rah") gave EPA the authority to control hazardous waste from the "cradle-to-grave." This includes the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.
RCRA also set forth a framework for the management of non-hazardous wastes.
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (359 words)
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), enacted in 1976, is a Federal law of the United States contained in 42 U.S.C. §§6901-6992k.
The act is similar to the Clean Air Act (USA) (1970) in that it allows the OSW to delegate responsibility for certain wastes to the state level.
Primarily, RCRA defines hazardous waste and mandates record keeping and reporting necessary to keep track of where such wastes originate, are treated, stored or disposed.
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