Understanding the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Toxic waste is a topic that we are all too familiar with. It
is one of thooe ugly problems that we all wish we could
resolve rather quickly. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
There are no easy answers to complying with the
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. It is most
difficult and expensive for large companies to comply, let
alone a small industry with small companies such as the
PCM industry. Compliance is going to prove expensive.
The larger companies, one way or another, will manage it.
Many smaller companies may be forced out of business.
I believe that the toxic waste problem is the most
significant problem and challenge that folces our
organization and its members. Unfortunately, I have been
disappointed at the reluctance of our members to discuss
more openly the problem and tp share their experiences
and solutions. On many occasions I have been met with
blank stares when the topic of toxic waste was brought
up. We have nothing to be ashamed of. We have all, at one
time or another. disposed of wasle materials using
methods that were acceptable in the past but are
considered unacceptable today. Some PCM companies
may still be able to dispose of concentrated spent
etchants and rinse water containing metallic impurities as
long as permision of the local sewer ordinance is
Richard Beaupre, Chemart Company