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The Tools of Prevention: Opportunities for Promoting Pollution Prevention Under Federal Environmental Legislation

Authors: 

John A. Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute

Date Released: 

September 1991
The Tools of Prevention: Opportunities for Promoting Pollution Prevention Under

This report focuses on the Clean Water Act and RCRA, the two statutes currently under consideration for congressional reauthorization. Our analysis of these laws reveals that the major barrier to pollution prevention are not statutory in origin. Both the Clean Water Act and RCRA — without significant revision — provide substantial authority for promoting pollution prevention using a variety of regulatory approaches.

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