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Consider the various provisions in RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, 1976) that discourage land-based waste disposal. Identify and explain one aspect of the law that is command and control in approach and one that is incentive based.

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The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulates the generation and management of hazardous wastes. When Congress passed RCRA in 1976, it gave the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) great latitude in designing a program for hazardous waste regulation. Under RCRA, the EPA dubs a broad group of wastes hazardous and thus subject to regulation. Wastes are considered hazardous if they are toxic or create a risk of fire, or if the EPA explicitly lists them as hazardous waste.

In 1982, RCRA was amended as many felt the EPA was being slow about implementing the program. Since the 1984 amendments to RCRA, reducing land disposal of ...

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Aspects of RCRA; command vs control