All Things Chemical™ Podcast

December 19, 2019
RCRA Rundown: Hazardous Waste and Sustainable Removal

This week, I sat down with my colleague Christopher Bryant, a Senior Regulatory Consultant here at Bergeson & Campbell. Chris has over 25 years of experience in environmental, health, and safety compliance, and, in particular, hazardous waste management and regulation under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

I asked Chris to the studio to speak with me about RCRA:  what it is, how the law has developed, what is covered under it, and how we might expect -- or hope -- it to change for the better.  We discussed the history and stated goals of RCRA, and why, in our opinion, it has not lived up to some of its founding principles.

Chris hits upon the subject of plastics and PFAS materials, and explains the evolution of EPA’s thinking about waste over the last few decades, including how RCRA has adapted to a business world that is becoming increasingly more sustainability-oriented.  We also talk about how other countries and regions manage hazardous waste regulation and how practices beyond RCRA can be influenced to achieve improved results.

When it comes to hazardous waste and RCRA, Chris is simply the best, and it was great to sit down with him and pick his brain on this important topic.  So, here is my discussion with Chris Bryant about all things RCRA.

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