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What is RCRA?

RCRA is the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, which was enacted by Congress in 1976. RCRA's primary goals are to protect human health and the environment from the potential hazards of waste disposal, to conserve energy and natural resources, to reduce the amount of waste generated, and to ensure that wastes are managed in an environmentally sound manner. RCRA regulates the management of solid waste (e.g., garbage), hazardous waste, and underground storage tanks holding petroleum products or certain chemicals.

National RCRA Program
RCRA Mission and Summary


  • Act (federal law describing RCRA program)
  • Regulations (legal mechanism establishing RCRA standards)
  • Guidance (EPA issued documents for RCRA implementation)
  • Policy (EPA statements on RCRA procedures)


Who is

  • Federal Level
  • States/Regions/Native Americans
  • Industry
  • Public


  • Waste Minimization
  • Streamlining RCRA Regulations
  • Federal/State Partnership
  • Demonstrating Results
  • Public Participation
  • Environmental Justice


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