The RCRA Practice Manual
Theodore L. Garrett, ed. American Bar Association, Third Edition, 2013.
The federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulates the management of hazardous wastes from cradle to grave—from the inception, through the life, and to the disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but is largely implemented by the states. As noted in the introduction, “[t]he RCRA program identifies a broad universe of waste materials as hazardous and regulates the handling of these wastes by generators, transporters, and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities.” RCRA also “imposes corrective action requirements and provides standards for cleanup under the Superfund statute [(Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)) and] addresses the ongoing management of hazardous wastes at manufacturing plants and other facilities, thus affecting a large segment of businesses engaged in manufacturing.”
According to the editor, since publication of the first edition of The RCRA Practice Manual in 1993, the RCRA regulations have increased from 200 pages in the Code of Federal Regulations to more than 1,000 pages. The editor continues, “[t]his vigorous program of RCRA regulation resulted from increased public and congressional concern with hazardous waste beginning with the Love Canal episode, which also led to the passage of the Superfund law in 1980.