Local Programs

The effects of hazardous waste production are felt first at the local level. Rather than relying on state and federal efforts, local governments are often in a better position to identify the needs and limitations of local facilities.

Local governments can also be flexible in dealing with specific problems. One example is the potential offered by publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). POTWs receive and process domestic, commercial, and industrial sewage. Under delegated federal authority, they can restrict industrial and commercial pollution from the wastewater they receive. Pollution prevention is becoming a recurrent theme in the operation of POTWs.

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