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Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

Legislation governing the proper management of waste. RCRA (42 USC 6901 et seq.) was enacted in 1976 and amended the Solid Waste Disposal Act of 1965. RCRA itself was amended by the Hazardous and Solid Wastes Amendment Act of 1984. The full suite of RCRA regulations promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is available at 40 CFR 239-282.

Regulations Applicable to Energy Development

RCRA includes three distinct programs relevant to energy development activities, including the solid waste, hazardous waste, and underground storage tank (UST) programs.

Relevant Web Site(s)

  • EPA's RCRA Web Site
    Provides access to basic information regarding waste management requirements under RCRA, including pages specific to nonhazardous and hazardous wastes
  • Online RCRA
    The EPA's RCRA Online Web site with links to information and publications concerning RCRA requirements

Specific Tribal Program(s)


This statute may apply to the following energy resources:
Biomass, Carbon Sequestration, Coal, Geothermal, Hydrokinetic, Low-Head Hydropower, Oil & Gas, Solar, Transmission, Wind
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