Enforcement

RCRA Cleanup Subject Categories

Imminent and substantial endangerment (RCRA 7003/CERCLA 106(a))

You will need Adobe Reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA's About PDF page to learn more.



2021 Revised Penalty Matrix for RCRA Section 7003 Civil Penalty Policy - (4/6/21)
2021 updated penalty matrix for RCRA Section 7003 civil penalty policy. Supplements the 2009 revised penalty matrix.
https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/guidance-penalty-matrix-rcra-section-7003-civil-penalty-policy (PDF 328K)
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision in Ecological Rights Foundation v. Pacific Gas and Electric Company Regarding the RCRA Definition of Solid Waste - (6/12/14)
Memorandum highlights issues raised in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Ecological Rights Foundation v. Pacific Gas and Electric Company regarding the definition of solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/rcra-ecological-rights-foundation (PDF 502K)
Revised Penalty Matrix for RCRA Section 7003 Civil Penalty Policy - (7/17/09)
Updated matrix for RCRA Section 7003 Penalty Policy.
https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/guidance-penalty-matrix-rcra-section-7003-civil-penalty-policy (PDF 28K)
Transmittal memorandum for Model RCRA Section 7003 Administrative Order on Consent (transmittal package) - (11/1/05)
Transmittal memorandum, model language and frequently asked questions for RCRA Section 7003 administrative order on consent model
https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/model-rcra-section-7003-aoc (PDF 311 K)
Use of CERCLA 106 to Address Endangerments That May Also be Addressed Under Other Environmental Statutes - (1/18/01)
This memo discusses the use of CERCLA 106 to address imminent and substantial endangerments that may also be addressed by other crose-media situations.
https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/guidance-using-cercla-section-106-address-cross-media-ise-situations (PDF 1500 K)
Transmittal of Guidance on Enforcement Approaches for Expediting RCRA Corrective Action - (1/2/01)
Memorandum provides guidance to EPA and RCRA authorized state project managers on a variety of enforcement approaches that can be used to accomplish timely, protective, and efficient corrective action at RCRA Subtitle C facilities.
https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/guidance-enforcement-approaches-expediting-rcra-corrective-action (PDF 1049K)
Transmittal of Guidance on the Use of Section 7003 of RCRA - (10/20/97)
Memorandum addresses the meaning of imminent and substantial endangerment (ISE), the legal requirements for initiating administrative and judicial actions under 7003, case screening factors, enforcement actions against violators of 7003 orders, and the relationship of Section 7003 to other authorities that allow EPA to address potential endangerment and harm to health or the environment.
https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/guidance-use-administrative-orders-under-rcra-section-7003 (PDF 208K)
Revised Model Notice Language for Compliance with Public Participation Requirements of Section 7003(d) of RCRA - (10/30/96)
Memorandum updates instructions for formatting and obtaining publication of the EPA Federal Register notices and to make minor modifications to the notices themselves from 8/16/95 superseded memorandum.
https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/guidance-model-language-compliance-public-participation-requirements-under-rcra-section (PDF 79 K)
Guidance on the Use of Stipulated Penalties in Hazardous Waste Consent Decrees - (9/21/87)
This guidance addresses the use of stipulated penalties in civil judicial settlements under CERCLA and RCRA Section 7003.
https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/guidance-use-stipulated-penalties-hazardous-waste-consent-decrees (PDF 511K)
Guidelines for Using the Imminent Hazard, Enforcement and Emergency Response Authorities of Superfund and Other Statutes - (5/13/82)
Policy statement provides a general description of how response actions undertaken pursuant to CERCLA 104 will be coordinated with the use of enforcement authorities available to EPA and DOJ.
https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/using-imminent-hazard-enforcement-and-emergency-response-authorities-cercla-and-other (PDF 3406K)

Top of Page