Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Should the United States Environmental Protection Agency's policy on the technical impracticability waivers be changed?
by Tarr, James Michael, M.S., American Military University, 2014, 95; 1691468
Abstract (Summary)

This research tests and answers the main question: Should the Environmental Protection Agency’s Policy on the Technical Impracticability Waivers be changed? This research uses public and private databases for collecting information on the Comprehensive Environmental Recovery and Liability Act sites with Technical Impracticability Waivers and examines the process the Environmental Protection Agency uses to make Technical Impracticability Waivers evaluations. Existing data demonstrates the Environmental Protection Agency has been very conservative and has granted few Technical Impracticability Waivers over the last 30 years. Several arguments for changing Environmental Protection Agency’s policy are made. A comparison of approved Technical Impracticability Waivers sites and sites that meet the criteria for approval but have not been submitted for the waiver are used in this research. The results indicate that the policy should be changed. A policy change would be beneficial to appropriate funds to the more complex and critical sites. A change in policy would also save taxpayers funds instead of being spent on experimentation on sites that are impracticable to clean up, these funds would go to more critical sites. The research also shows a need for collecting a database of sites that Environmental Protection Agency has rejected for a Technical Impracticability Waiver.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Crosier, Elizabeth
School: American Military University
Department: Environmental Policy and Management
School Location: United States -- West Virginia
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental management, Environmental Studies, Public policy
Keywords: CERCLA, Comprehensive environmental response, compensation and liability act, Superfund policy, TIW, Technical impracticability waivers, USEPA policy
Publication Number: 1691468
ISBN: 978-1-321-65026-6
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