October 16, 2018

RCRA Online Is New and Improved

RCRA Online is a database that indexes and stores the various letters, publications, and guidance issued by EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR). It has recently received a facelift that makes searching for guidance easier. The website is also now formatted in the same scheme as other EPA websites.

When you open the homepage, you will be presented with a search field wherein you may enter either 1) the five-digit code that corresponds to the guidance document you are looking for, or 2) keywords corresponding to guidance you are interested in. This option may provide dozens, or in some cases hundreds, of results. To narrow your search, click on the “Advanced Search” button towards the top of the homepage. Here you can search based on RCRA regulatory section number (e.g., §261.21), document title, date, recipient, document type, and more. There is even a “Browse Topics” function that allows you to quickly find documents related to issues such as air emissions, delisting petitions, and land disposal restrictions.

Lastly, sometimes you may just be interested in reading the latest guidance. The easiest way to obtain this is by choosing the “What’s New” link. This will provide you with any documents that have been added or updated in the last thirty days.


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