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Resource Conservation and Recovery Act 1976
Katie Wilchynski, Jon Kish
Protect health and the environment from the potential hazards of nuclear waste disposal.
  • This includes the generation, transportation, treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste.
  • National Goals: protecting human health and the environment from the potential hazards of waste disposal, conserving energy and natural resources, reducing the amount of waste generated and ensuring that wastes are managed in an environmentally sound manner.
  • Focuses only on active and future facilities and does not address abandoned or historical sites.
  • Banned all open dumping of waste.
  • The federal hazardous and solid waste amendments
    • are the 1984 amendments to RCRA that focused on waste minimization and phasing out land disposal of hazardous waste as well as corrective actions for releases. Some of the other mandates of this law include increased enforcement authority for EPA, more stringent hazardous waste management standards, and a comprehensive underground storage tank program.
  • The 1986 amendments to RCRA enabled EPA to address environmental problems that could result from underground tanks storing petroleum and other hazardous substances.

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