Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
Every day someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, or a park ranger. Discover your opportunities in national parks. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.
With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) gives EPA the authority to control hazardous waste from the "cradle-to-grave." This includes the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA also set forth a framework for the management of non-hazardous solid wastes. The 1986 amendments to RCRA enabled EPA to address environmental problems that could result from underground tanks storing petroleum and other hazardous substances.
The Federal Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA) are the 1984 amendments to RCRA that focused on waste minimization and phasing out land disposal of hazardous waste as well as corrective action for releases. Some of the other mandates of this law include increased enforcement authority for EPA, more stringent hazardous waste management standards, and a comprehensive underground storage tank program. For more information, click here.
For access to the RCRA Online Database, click here. The RCRA Online Database is designed to enable user to locate documents, including publications and other outreach materials, covering a wide range of RCRA issues and topics.
Departmental Goals – Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan
Engaging in waste prevention and recycling activities are a key part of the Department's Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP). In accordance with Executive Order 13693 the Department will:
Report in accordance with the Emergency Preparedness and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986,
Divert at least 50 percent of non-hazardous, excluding construction and demolition materials and debris,
Divert at least 50 percent of non-hazardous, construction and demolition materials and debris, and
Reduce or minimize the quantity of toxic and hazardous chemicals and materials used, acquired or disposed of.
The resources below cover a number of various categories associated with solid waste management practices. These resources are intended to target a variety of solid waste management topics in order to increase diversion rates across the Department.
This source includes basic information, training, success stories, and waste management related initiatives.
Federal Green Challenge
The Federal Green Challenge is a voluntary partnership program challenging federal agencies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 5% in a year by managing their electronics, energy, purchasing, transportation, waste, and water.
WasteWise is a free EPA partnership program through which governments businesses and non-profit organizations can find methods to reduce municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes. WasteWise uses a number of techniques to encourage the reduction, reuse, and recycling of waste. Organizations can join WasteWise as a partner, endorser, or both depending on the goal of the organization. Benefits of joining WasteWise include:
Free technical assistance.
Access to web-based data management tracking tool (WasteWise Re-TRAC).
Opportunity to receive WasteWise Awards that recognize outstanding achievements.
Public recognition in WasteWise publications, case studies, and meetings.