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Enforcement in New England

RCRA/Waste Enforcement Program

The Region's RCRA Enforcement program is responsible for conducting various compliance monitoring and enforcement activities under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) that governs the generation, treatment, storage and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes. Each of the six New England states has been authorized to implement various federal hazardous waste regulations under their own state authorities where such rules have been reviewed by EPA and deemed "equivalent". The RCRA Enforcement Program also enforces any authorized state regulations.

EPA RULE MAKES DISPOSAL OF RESIDENTIAL LEAD-BASED PAINT DEBRIS MORE AFFORDABLE

Since lead-based paint (LBP) debris is considered a hazardous waste, the cost of disposing of LBP debris as a hazardous waste is often an obstacle for families who are deciding on whether or not to have lead abatement work performed in their homes. To help accelerate the pace of LBP removal from residences, and thereby reduce the exposure to children and adults from health risks associated with lead, EPA has changed its regulations to allow the disposal of residential LBP debris in construction and demolition (C&D) landfills, effective June 18, 2003. Disposal of LBP debris in a C&D landfill is generally less costly than disposal in a hazardous waste landfill. Read More »

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