ITEP - Waste Management - Hazardous Substances - Emergency Planning, Management, and Response

Solid & Hazardous Waste Regulations

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Phone: (928) 523-0526
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Solid & Hazardous Waste Regulations:

Back to Hazardous Substances Map storage tanks holding petroleum products or certain chemicals.

RCRA was enacted in 1976 to address the huge volumes of municipal and industrial solid waste generated nationwide. The goals of RCRA as stated in the RCRA Orientation Manual [pdf], are as follows:

The Act consists of 10 subtitles. The two major programs that compromise RCRA are:

Subtitle C - Hazardous Waste Management
Subtitle D - State and Regional Solid Waste Plans

The other subtitles are as follows:

Subtitle A - General Provisions
Subtitle B - Office of Solid Waste; Authorities of the Administrator and Interagency Coordinating Committee
Subtitle E - Duties of the Secretary of Commerce in Resource and Recovery
Subtitle F - Federal Responsibilities
Subtitle G - Miscellaneous Provisions
Subtitle H - Research, Development, Demonstration, and Information
Subtitle I - Regulation of Underground Storage Tanks
Subtitle J - Standards for the Tracking and Management of Medical Waste

RCRA Subtitle C – Hazardous Waste - is a "cradle-to-grave" program set to ensure the proper management and disposal of hazardous wastes. RCRA specifically targets hazardous wastes that are currently in use or to be disposed of. RCRA applies to hazardous waste generators, transporters, and treatment, disposal, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs). All generators, transporters, and TSDF's are required to report discharges of the hazardous waste(s) to EPA on a monthly basis.

Tribes are responsible for implementing and enforcing the minimal requirements outlined in 40 CFR (parts 257 and 258). EPA's role for developing tribal plans is limited to:

RCRA Subtitle D – Solid Waste - focuses on state and local governments as the primary planning, regulating, and implementing entities for the management of nonhazardous industrial solid waste.

Review the complete RCRA Orientation Manual [pdf] for more detailed information on RCRA.