EPA's New Land Disposal Rules—A Closer Look

by Allen Morrison, Asst. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 1, Pg. 44-49

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Despite some initial enthusiasm for the new EPA regulations on land disposal of hazardous waste, many critics are now expressing concern for the long-term environmental impact. The dependence on a single synthetic liner to prevent groundwater contamination under landfills has in particular been called into question. The article reviews the highlights of the new regulation, discusses the philosophy behind them, and interviews hazardous waste experts from EPA and private consulting firms. Several regulatory options that EPA rejected, but which could provide greater long-term groundwater protection, are discussed.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Environmental Protection Agency | Groundwater pollution | Hazardous wastes | Landfills | Regulations

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