Resource Conservation And Recovery Act Analysis

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The paper provides vital information on the implementation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and how the act has served as the hallmark for hazardous waste management in the United States. Created in the late 1970s, the RCRA has provided generators of hazardous with policy guidelines and how these processes are implemented to protect public health. As an article review, this paper will address the implementation and the challenges associated with the RCRA and how the Act continues to experienced tremendous changes since its foundation. The paper will also examine the RCRA contingency plan that seeks to address and minimize public health hazards in the environment. Over the years following the enactment of the RCRA, the act has…show more content…
However, these regulations have come under intense debate and interpretations by public policymakers, generator and the EPA. These debates surrounding the management, implementation process, and loopholes that continues to affect the RCRA both negatively and positively by creating addition amendments that seeks to properly regulate hazardous waste management nationwide and at the same time research has shown that the RCRA often times has satisfactorily addressed problem relating to loopholes and hazardous waste disposal and treatment in collaboration with state program on waste management. For example the authors of “Regulation by bootstrap: Contingent management of hazardous wastes under the resource conservation and recovery act” Jeffrey M Gaba revealed that EPA continues to explore new avenue that seek to address hazardous waste management by implementing the “contingent management concepts”. The author writes “EPA has explored a number of regulatory alternatives for regulating “not very hazardous” waste, but three approaches have dominated. First since the earliest regulation under the RCRA, EPA established separate and reduced requirements for certain types of hazardous in contrast to the full set of regulation normally applicable to hazardous waste…show more content…
The implementation process of the RCRA has been a complex and controversial issue in the history of the EPA. It provide a complex problem because the EPA often dictates how hazardous wastes is identify and dispose of. For example, according to Sullivan, the author of Environmental Law Handbook recognizes the implementation process, the author writes “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) and states have implemented this mandate in extensive regulations issued under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976(RCRA) and the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984.”(Sullivan 147 2014). The EPA policy implementation concepts functioned as the basis for the hazard identification and waste control. This model challenges society to protect the environment by isolating contaminants from the environment while at the same time addressing difficult regulations of hazardous wastes under the RCRA. Since the enactment of the act, it had experienced challenges because the regulation did and received much attention as a result of the hazardous waste classification. The most vital challenge implementing of the RCRA is the policy that rigorously limits on land disposal of hazardous wastes. Moreover, existing hazardous waste regulations do not create robust incentives for disposing of hazardous waste. The author recognized this challenge when he
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