Past and present activities at Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) facilities have sometimes resulted in releases of hazardous waste and hazardous constituents into soil, ground water, surface water, sediments, and air; requiring the investigation and cleanup, or remediation, of these hazardous releases. A potential RCRA Brownfield site is a RCRA facility that is not in full use, where there is redevelopment potential, and where reuse or redevelopment of that site is slowed due to real or perceived concerns about actual or potential contamination, liability, and RCRA requirements.
- RCRA Program Background
- Redevelopment of RCRA Sites
- RCRA Program Activities and Initiatives
- RCRA Reuse Partnerships
- RCRA Tools & Resources
- RCRA Program Contacts
RCRA Program Background
RCRA's goals are to protect human health and the environment from the potential hazards of waste disposal, to conserve energy and natural resources, to reduce the amount of waste generated, and to ensure that wastes are managed in an environmentally sound manner. More RCRA Information.
Redevelopment of RCRA Sites
The RCRA Brownfields Prevention Initiative was established by EPA to encourage the reuse of potential RCRA Brownfields so that the land can better serve the needs of the community either through more productive commercial or residential development or as greenspace. The RCRA Brownfields Prevention Initiative seeks to capitalize on the redevelopment of potential RCRA Brownfields to achieve successful cleanup and long-term sustainable reuse of these sites.
RCRA Reuse Partnerships
EPA’s offices and programs continue to build partnerships with other Federal agencies, organizations, and across other EPA offices to coordinate efforts and combine resources to help cleanup and revitalize contaminated land. RCRA partnerships have helped to provide case studies of techniques, tools, and strategies that can be used elsewhere where RCRA issues are confronted during brownfield redevelopment.
RCRA Tools & Resources
EPA and Region 7 have developed many tools and resources that can help implement redevelopment activities at contaminated sites and properties. Many states and other stakeholders also have developed useful materials. Many of these tools are available electronically.
RCRA Program Contacts
An appropriate Region 7 contact for reusing a RCRA site can be found on the Revitalization Contacts page.