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RCRA Revitalization: New Uses for Former Industrial Sites

Not too long ago, I participated on an alumni panel at my college’s geology department. I gave a brief bio to a student and cringed as she introduced me as working at “the Environmental Protection Agency’s R-C-R-A Revitalization program,” spelling out each letter in the acronym RCRA. I forgot that the outside world does not express acronyms as words and realized that I’ve been working in the government for too long. Then I gave a brief introduction to RCRA … Congress enacted the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in 1976, to protect the public from the improper storage, treatment and disposal of solid and hazardous waste. In 1984, Congress passed the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA). This new federal legislation expanded EPA’s authority to require RCRA operators to conduct a site-wide investigation and cleanup to address past releases at their facilities. Cleanups conducted under RCRA authority are commonly…Log In to Read Full Article

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