What is meant by tracking hazardous waste from cradle to grave per the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980? What is the purpose and ramifications of the CERCLA and the RCRA? How can you determine if a solid or liquid is designated as hazardous?
The increasing rise of industry has generated an increase in waste. The huge industrial growth did not have growth in waste management. In the 1970's it became clear that all this waste was a serious ecological and public health threat. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 was added to the Solid Wast Disposal Act. RCRA established programs, the" hazardous wast program under RCRA subtitle C established a system for controlling wastes from the time it is generated until its ultimate disposal, in effect from cradle to grave"(Civil Enforcement, p4.).
This is a 240 word explanation for tracking hazardous waste from cradle to grave. The meaning is according to the Resources Conservations and Recovery Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. Resources are cited.