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  • Pierson, Terrence K.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of City and Regional Planning
  • The management of hazardous waste has been referred to by many experts in the field as the environmental problem of the 1980s. Recognition of the problem, however, began and grew throughout the 1970s. For example, Section 212 of the Resource Recovery Act of 1970 required that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepare a comprehensive report to Congress on the storage and disposal of hazardous waste. In the 1974 report, EPA concluded that the prevailing methods of hazardous waste management were inadequate and resulted in the uncontrolled discharge of hazardous waste residues into the environment (U.S. EPA, 1977). As a result, the Administration proposed that Congress enact legislation to prevent dangerous and environmentally unsound hazardous waste treatment and disposal practices (U.S. EPA, 1977) - Congress responded by enacting the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 which is aimed at the regulatory control of hazardous waste from its generation to its ultimate disposal. Thus, throughout the 1970s there was a growing concern at the federal level over the risk posed to the public health and the environment from improper hazardous waste disposal practices.
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  • Carolina Planning Journal
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  • 7
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