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1Unit V EssayShawn M. FlanaganColumbia Southern UniversityBEM 4351, Environmental TechnologyProf. George Gough09/11/2020
2Hazardous waste can cause serious illness, injury or death if exposed to the individual or populous, and significant environmental impacts. This can occur during production, when hazardous was is generated, during disposal, due to improper storage, or during transport. For that reason, the storage, collection, transport, treatment, and disposal of hazardous waste require special attention (Nathanson & Schneider, 2015). Hazardous waste also differs from other types of waste, often found as a liquid, but can also be gases, solids, or sludge (Nathanson & Schneider, 2015). The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was the first law in 1976 to address the seriousness of hazardous waste problem in the United States. It is administered and enforced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or by individual states that have established approved hazardous waste programs (Nathanson & Schneider, 2015). Just like State OSHA programs, these hazardous waste programs must meet at a minimum the federal program standard. RCRA was later strengthened in 1984 with the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments.In 1980, another law was created called the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) or better known as the “Superfund” program. The superfund program offered funding for the cleanup and removal of hazardous waste sites that where either abandoned or uncontrolled prior to RCRA becoming a law. This helped with proper clean-up from the party responsible, but also provided funding if that party was unable to

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