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Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

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Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA)

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Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund)

Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

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42 U.S.C. s/s 6901 et seq. (1976)

RCRA (pronounced "rick-rah") gave EPA the authority to control hazardous waste from the "cradle-to-grave." This includes the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA also set forth a framework for the management of non-hazardous wastes.

The 1986 amendments to RCRA enabled EPA to address environmental problems that could result from underground tanks storing petroleum and other hazardous substances. RCRA focuses only on active and future facilities and does not address abandoned or historical sites (see CERCLA).

HSWA (pronounced "hiss-wa")—The Federal Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments are the 1984 amendments to RCRA that required phasing out land disposal of hazardous waste. Some of the other mandates of this strict law include increased enforcement authority for EPA, more stringent hazardous waste management standards, and a comprehensive underground storage tank program.

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