Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

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  • P.L. 94-580 (October 21, 1976), as amended, authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate solid and hazardous wastes. The Act defines solid and hazardous waste, authorizes EPA to set standards for facilities that generate or manage hazardous waste, and establishes a permit program for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. RCRA made such comprehensive amendments to the Solid Waste Disposal Act (P.L. 89-272) that it became the name of reference. To date, production agriculture has not fallen under RCRA regulations or is explicitly exempted (i.e., solid or dissolved materials in irrigation water return flows).
  • The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 was the first attempt to regulate solid waste and hazardous waste management . This Act requires the EPA to regulate all hazardous waste through all phases. It also requires the monitoring of underground storage tanks.


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