Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

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Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

(pronounced “rick-rah”) A federal law that establishes a system for managing hazardous wastes in an environmentally sound manner from the point of origin to the point of final disposal, called cradle-to-the-grave management. It also promotes resource recovery and waste minimization.The Act gives citizens the right to file suit against violators to enforce its provisions, and the right to file suit against the Environmental Protection Agency administrator to require enforcement of the rules. More information is available at the EPA Web site at www.epa.gov.

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Enacted in 1965 under Title II of the Clean Air Act of 1965, the Solid Waste Disposal Act focused on research, demonstrations, and training.
This act amended Subtitle I of the Solid Waste Disposal Act to add new leak prevention and enforcement provisions to the UST regulatory program and impose new requirements on states, EPA, and tank owners.
The Solid Waste Disposal Act Amendments of 1980 amended RCRA in several ways.
The penalties involve alleged violations of the Tennessee Water Quality Control Act and the Tennessee Solid Waste Disposal Act.
The Solid Waste Disposal Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) provide regulation of solid and hazardous waste, while the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), or Superfund, provides authority for the federal government to respond to releases of hazardous substances, and established a fee-maintained fund to clean up abandoned hazardous waste sites.
The Solid Waste Disposal Act (passed in 1965 as Title II of the Clean Air Act of 1965) focused on research, demonstrations, and training.
The Solid Waste Disposal Act Amendments of 1980 provided EPA tougher enforcement powers to deal with illegal dumpers of hazardous waste; the agency's authority to regulate certain high-volume, low-hazard wastes (known as "special wastes") was restricted; funds were authorized to conduct an inventory of hazardous waste sites; and RCRA authorizations for appropriations were extended through FY1982.
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