Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

Widespread pollution of water has become a major problem throughout the world and waste disposal has always been a serious cause of pollution. Often, the places where people used to think it was safe to swim or to use the water for drinking were no longer safe. Due to the seriousness of the environmental damage, the U.S. Congress passed the Solid Waste Disposal Act in 1965 to improve the methods of managing waste disposal, but it was found to be inefficient and was amended by the Resource Recovery Act; this act as well yielded weak results over time. Congress finally took stronger measures and enacted the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in 1976 to safely manage and dispose of massive amounts of municipal and ...

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