RCRA Corrective Actions
RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND RECOVERY ACT (RCRA)
HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
When Congress reauthorized the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in 1984 a corrective action requirement was added to Subtitle C of the law. Corrective Action is the process through which areas of a facility which could have received hazardous waste are evaluated and if necessary are cleaned up. These Areas of Concern could be any area which has received, at any time, solid or hazardous waste through deliberate placement of the waste or because of an accidental release or spill. These areas can be identified through several means and are often referred to as Solid Waste Management Units (SWMU). Once identified they must be evaluated to determine whether or not they present a threat to human health or the environment. Nationally there are approximately 10,000 facilities subject to corrective action requirements.