RCRA HazWaste Management Plan
In 1976, President Gerald Ford signed into law the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), to be overseen by the U.S. EPA. This was a means for controlling pollution to the environment – air, soil and water – often caused by the generation, mismanagement and improper disposal of hazardous waste material by Industry in the U.S. RCRA is a "cradle to grave" system for managing hazardous waste. Driven by 750 hazardous waste codes, RCRA provides specific requirements for the generation, accumulation, storage, packaging, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA also imposes strict training regulations for employees concerning exposure to, handling of, and accidents involving hazardous wastes. Hazardous waste is highly regulated in the U.S., from the time it is created through industrial processes until it is neutralized or finds its final place at a treatment, storage and disposal facility (TSDF). The entire cycle or life span of any hazardous waste is documented by tracking system (called "manifests"), all of which is controlled and enforced at federal, state (primarily) and local levels.