The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was enacted as an amendment to the Solid Waste Disposal Act of 1965, and is a combination of the first solid waste statutes and all subsequent amendments. RCRA is a complex area, and the misinterpretation of its requirements goes to the heart of environmental compliance and protection. Problems may arise that cause major delays in processing permits and modifications, resulting in unnecessary costs not only for those seeking a permit, but also for the permitting authorities. The Deskbook provides a comprehensive, peer-reviewed overview of the substantive permitting requirements for treatment, storage, and disposal facilities and incorporates relevant legal research by identifying major administrative, federal, and state court decisions.
Susan M. McMichael, an attorney with Los Alamos National Security, LLC, has more than 20 years’ experience as an environmental attorney and litigator. She has extensive experience in permitting and compliance under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and has consulted and represented governmental entities, industry groups, and Indian tribes. She is a former chair of the Western States Project and a representative on the RCRA Federal Facility Task Force of the National Association of Attorneys General. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of New Mexico and clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.