The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was enacted by Congress in 1976, as an amendment to the 1965 Solid Waste Disposal Act. The goals of RCRA are to :
- Protect human health and the environment from the hazards posed by waste disposal.
- Conserve energy and natural resources through waste recycling and recovery.
- Reduce or eliminate, as expeditiously as possible, the amount of waste generated, including hazardous waste.
- Ensure that wastes are managed in a manner that is protective of human health and the environment
RCRA and Waste Management
RCRA covers a wide variety of programs dealing with waste management including a program involved in cleanup of improperly managed hazardous wastes referred to as RCRA Corrective Action. RCRA was amended by the 1984 Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA), which include RCRA corrective action.