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National Corrective Action Conference Stresses Market Forces in Cleaning up Hazardous Waste

Release Date: 06/27/2003
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Dave Ryan 202-564-7827 /

(06/27/03) On June 24-25, EPA hosted the annual National Corrective Action Conference at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans, La. Participating companies include: BP, Chevron Texaco, ConocoPhillips, Crompton Corporation, Delphi Corporation, ExxonMobil, General Motors and Occidental Chemical Corporation. EPA’s Corrective Action program holds owners or operators of treatment, storage or disposal facilities responsible for investigating and cleaning up soil, ground water, surface water or air releases from their sites, regardless of when the releases occurred. Corrective Action is authorized by the Congressional Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which gives EPA authority to control the generation, transportation, treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA can be an effective tool in preventing future Superfund sites. At this year’s conference, Marianne Lamont Horinko, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, acknowledged companies that agreed to increase control of both contaminated groundwater migration and any unacceptable human health exposures at their facilities by 2005. Horinko also emphasized that the Corrective Action program is stressing voluntary compliance so that market forces will find the cheapest and most efficient solutions to today's environmental challenges. For more information, go to: