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RCRA Cleanup Reforms

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 is implementing a set of administrative reforms, known as the RCRA Cleanup Reforms, to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action program. The reforms are designed to achieve faster, more efficient cleanups at RCRA sites that treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste and have potential environmental contamination. Although these reforms will emphasize flexibility and trying new approaches to clean up these facilities, EPA Region 5 and the States will continue to ensure protection of human health and the environment. The EPA developed a fact sheet that summarizes the goals and ideas of the RCRA Cleanup Reforms.

RCRA Cleanup Reforms: Faster, Focused, More Flexible Cleanups (EPA530-F-99-018) (PDF) (4pp, 27K) July 1999

Region 5 Implementation of RCRA Corrective Action Reforms

Region 5 has four mechanisms by which corrective action is initiated and overseen:

Guidance and policy to improve implementation

Region 5 has already developed several tools to focus facilities and staff on results-based decision making. They are:

Guidance under development

Partner and stakeholder involvement

Effective communication between the Region and the Region 5 States is critical to the program's success. In addition to improving communication with the States, the Region is focused on improved communication with industry leaders, individual facilities, and affected community groups.


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