Rcra Training In Ri

Written by Shirley Parker
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The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976, with later amendments, gave the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broad authority over hazardous waste from production to disposal of it. This includes transportation and treatment along the way, as well as eventual storage. States, of course, often fight to keep hazardous waste from even being transported through their jurisdictions, let alone dumped on their citizens and possibly leaked into groundwater.

Later amendments gave RCRA (often pronounced as "rick-rah") the ability to tackle problems that were bound to arise from underground storage tanks. However, RCRA ignores sites that have been abandoned. Land disposal of hazardous waste is being phased out, since the Federal Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA or "hiss-wah") of 1984 required that. The amendments also gave EPA stricter enforcement powers and much tighter hazardous waste regulations.

Mixed waste has been a source of confusion, that is to say, hazardous waste that also contains radioactive material. In some cases, the Atomic Energy Act (AEA) of 1954 may regulate this material. An excellent source for guidance is the McCoy and Associates website.

If you or your employees are in need of RCRA training, there are accredited schools that teach all levels of RCRA training including shipping and emergency training. Whether you just need a refresher course or if you are new to the industry, you can find a class that will provide you with the tools you need to properly handle hazardous waste. This is not simply a matter of business or law, but the well-being of all Americans.

Departments of Environmental Management

Most states, such as Rhode Island, for example, have a Department of Environmental Management, or its equivalent in authority, to protect the health and welfare of residents. Statutory programs delegated to the state include RCRA and many others. The department coordinates the review of projects that are going to require multiple environmental permits. It is also responsible for clean air and water resources, and other environmental standards, including hazardous waste control.

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