Municipal Solid Waste Management: The States Must Pick Up Where Congress Left Off

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Vol: 23, Issue: 3

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Thompson, Julie Jones
EPA; solid waste; landfill; Environmental Law; Law
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This comment examines solid waste management strategies which present alternatives to landfilling. The EPA has encouraged the incineration of solid wastes. However, incineration may pose more environmental problems than it resolves. The EPA has not encouraged recycling programs which could achieve more environmentally protective results.This comment also discusses the state's responsibility for solid waste management. Currently, municipalities bear the brunt of this problem. However, the municipalities' plans have resulted in inadequate and isolated solid waste management pockets throughout the country. Fortunately, the states are beginning to respond to this problem.