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The Hazardous Waste and Solid Waste Subcommittees provide input on the RCRA Messaging initiative.


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The Hazardous Waste and Solid Waste Subcommittees of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) appreciate your invitation to  provide input on the “RCRA Messaging” initiative. In this letter, we offer our perspectives on this initiative and the value of the RCRA Subtitle C and D programs as well as additional State and Territorial (State) programs and their continuing accomplishments. At their heart, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and equivalent State programs are pollution prevention and resource conservation programs. This is truer now than when RCRA first became law, as evidenced by substantial reductions in the amount of hazardous waste generated across the nation and shifts towards use of less-toxic, more environmentally friendly materials in manufacturing and production operations. We believe this fundamental shift in thinking was brought about by RCRA and its implementing regulations.