Hazardous Waste Management in California: Lessons for the U.S.

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 4, Pg. 53-53

Document Type: Feature article


California has what many say is the best hazardous waste management program in the U.S. In fact, the Federal government used the California program as the basis for a national plan for managing hazardous waste. Among key features of the California approach: a strong field enforcement program, a well-equipped state lab, a manifest (shipping-paper) system for tracking wastes from cradle to grave, and a program to promote recycling and resource recovery. Yet, the state is not without its hazardous-waste problems, among them: the difficulty in opening new hazardous waste disposal sites, the confusing maze of hazardous waste regulations and the locating and cleaning up of abandoned hazardous waste disposal sites.

Subject Headings: Disasters and hazards | Hazardous wastes | Waste management | California | United States

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