State and Local Programs

By 1991, close to fifty state laws were in place (U.S. EPA 1991). More than half the states have passed pollution prevention laws, some states passing more than one. Other states have legislation pending or on their agenda.

The state pollution prevention laws vary in their provisions. Some have detailed requirements. They target specific source reduction goals and provide measures to meet them. Other states have general statutes, dealing with pollution prevention as state policy to be the preferred method of handling hazardous waste. Some states have no formal laws but have operationally included pollution prevention into their programs.

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