Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Laws and Regulations
- Treatment in a Similar Manner as a State
- Clean Air Act
- Clean Water Act
- Safe Drinking Water Act
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
- Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Programs
- Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
- Toxic Substances Control Act
- National Environmental Policy Act
- Endangered Species Act
- Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
Quick Links for RCRA
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976, which amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act, address non-hazardous (Subtitle D) and hazardous (Subtitle C) waste management activities.
- For more information, visit the Office of Solid Waste.
Underground Storage Tanks (UST) Program
Added in 1984, RCRA Subtitle I directed EPA to develop a comprehensive regulatory program for USTs storing petroleum or certain hazardous substances in order to protect the environment and human health from UST releases. EPA's regulations at 40 CFR Part 280 set minimum standards for new tanks and required owners of substandard tanks to upgrade or close them by 1998.
- For more information, visit the Office of Underground Storage Tanks Program website for Indian tribes
Tribal Strategy — a strategy for underground storage tank programs in Indian country. The strategy identifies key issues and actions to: strengthen the relationships between EPA and tribes; improve information sharing; enhance tribal capacity; and further the cleanup and compliance of underground storage tanks in Indian country.
Aboveground Storage Tanks
The Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) program at 40 CFR Part 112 regulates the storage of oil in above ground containers. These regulations require owners or operators of certain above ground oil storage facilities to prepare and comply with written, site-specific, spill prevention plans.
- Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule
- Laws Defining EPA's Emergency Management Program
- Learn more about Emergency Management