The RCRA is the benchmark Federal Law governing the disposal of solid and hazardous waste.  It was signed into law in 1976 and has been amended several times. It replaced or amended the very first law, the Solid Waste Disposal Act of 1965.  The RCRA provides the framework for the Congressional mandate to establish a national waste management program and authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency to develop and oversee it.  However, the name RCRA is generally recognized in broader terms to not only include the statutes and amendments, but also the policies, guidance and regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency.   

The RCRA also covers:

  • The management of used oil
  • Underground storage tanks (standards, corrective actions, approved programs..)
  • Standards for the application and management of hazardous waste treatment, disposal and storage facilities
  • Hazardous waste permits, management and standards
  • State hazardous waste requirements, approved programs
  • Standards for Universal Waste Management

Per EPA.gov regarding the RCRA:      

“Congress has amended RCRA several times, which requires the President’s signature to become law. EPA translates this direction into operating programs by developing regulations, guidance and policy.

States play the lead role in implementing non-hazardous waste programs under Subtitle D. EPA has developed regulations to set minimum national technical standards for how disposal facilities should be designed and operated. States issue permits to ensure compliance with EPA and state regulations.

The regulated community is comprised of a large, diverse group that must understand and comply with RCRA regulations. These groups can include hazardous waste generators, government agencies, universities, and small businesses, and basically anyone who generates EPA defined waste as hazardous.

According to the EPA, the RCRA, “…includes the generation, transportation, treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste.  To achieve this, the EPA develops regulations, guidance and policies that ensure the safe management and cleanup of solid and hazardous waste, and programs that encourage reduction and beneficial reuse.”

Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc. is sponsoring the 4th annual RCRA & DOT free training in Clemson, SC at the Madren Center Auditorium, Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  A buffet lunch and a training certificate will be provided for all attendees.

Who should attend?  EHS Managers, Chemical Site Managers and Plant Engineers, Maintenance personnel.  

Pinnacle Environmental Services are non-hazardous and hazardous waste consultants specializing in disposal and transportation of industrial waste. Our team emphasizes waste minimization, sustainability and zero landfill.  To register for the free training email:


Mike Watts, President

Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.



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