• Cradle to Grave Liability: Hazardous Waste Disposal
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  • Shaylee Packersays:
    12/26/2019 at 9:34 am Reply

    I had no idea that not only are you responsible for how hazardous waste was disposed of, but what happens to it 20-120 years down the road. What happens if the regulations for disposing of the waste changes? Are people required to then go and attempt to figure out how to have their old waste fit the new requirements?

    • Isabella Andersensays:
      01/13/2020 at 12:50 pm Reply

      Hi there, thanks for your question!

      They are not required to or figure out how to make it meet the new requirements, per-se; but they are still responsible for it. Cradle-to-grave liability is very encompassing, and it means just that: you are responsible for your hazardous waste from the time it is created and for as long as it exists – even if it was legally disposed of. This can cause problems for facilities 20 or 50 years down the road because your liability doesn’t end with disposal.

      Remember that many of the hazardous waste disposal rules didn’t become effective until the 1980’s or later. For companies that had been “legally” been disposing of hazardous wastes in landfills (due to a lack of any regulations) for decades before the rules became effective, that waste is still their responsibility. If the hazardous waste in a landfill can be tracked back to them, they are still responsible for it and will have to share in the cost of cleaning up the landfill if it leaks or presents an environmental hazard.

  • Georgiana Stuartsays:
    09/28/2022 at 7:32 am Reply

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