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An Introduction to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

Course Description
This two (2) hour course is designed to provide each student with an overview of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) as it exists today. This RCRA hazardous waste course addresses regulations important to waste generators including identifying hazardous waste, determining generator status, complying with accumulation requirements, manifesting waste off site, land disposal restrictions treatment standards and special regulations for recyclables, used oil, military munitions, and universal waste. This course also moves further into a discussion on the regulations pertaining to treatment, storage, and disposal facilities such as the permitting process; treatment, storage, and disposal facility standards, as well as RCRA corrective action requirements.

The Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA) as it applies to the generation, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste is also presented; including RCRA waste classification, land disposal restrictions, generator requirements, manifesting requirements, and DOT requirements such as proper shipping names, packaging, labeling, marking, and placarding.

How You Will Benefit

Upon completion of this course, each student will have the capacity to:

  • Fully understand RCRA, including major components and why it is required.
  • Understand the relationship between RCRA and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • Recognize that proper hazardous waste management is required by federal and state regulations.
  • Know the key programs and provisions of RCRA.
  • Determine if waste is hazardous and, if so, in what respect.
  • Understand the unique characteristics of various waste types.