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Custom Search  Solid waste issues have been receiving national attention
lately because of dwindling landfill sites and stringent regulatory require-
ments.  A revised set of EPA guidelines for solid waste management is expected
in 1989.  The new guidelines are expected to focus on landfill design and
operation as well as incineration practices.  Procurement of Products Containing Recovered Materials
(Robinson 1986).  One of the prime goals of RCRA is to require each federal
procuring agency to procure items composed of the highest percentage of
recovered materials practicable.  The requirement is applicable to
procurements in excess of $10,000.  Each federal procuring agency is also
required to develop an affirmative procurement program which will ensure that
items composed of recovered materials will be purchased to the maximum extent
practicable.  The affirmative procurement program shall contain a promotional
and preference program for recovered materials.  The EPA is required to provide each federal agency with
information on the availability, sources of supply, and potential uses of
materials recovered from solid waste.  It should be noted that the definition
of recovered material includes only material recovered from solid waste and
does not include energy recovered from solid waste.  RCRA also mandates that the Office of Procurement Policy
coordinate the various federal agencies to ensure that items composed of the
highest percentage of recovered goods practicable are procured.  Furthermore,
the Office of Procurement Policy is to coordinate all other policies for
federal procurement in such a way as to maximize the use of recovered
resources.  Energy Security Act.  Public Law 96-294.  The primary
goals of Title II of the Act are to reduce the dependence of the United States
on imported oil.  One portion of the Act dealt with municipal waste-to-energy
facilities and the securing of loans to speed their implementation.  The
Secretary of Energy was prohibited from making loans to any facility unless he
first determined that the project was technically and economically sound.
Furthermore, the Secretary must ensure that the necessary municipal waste
feedstocks are available and will continue to be available for the expected
economic life of the project.  Department of Energy Organization Act.  Public Law 95-91.
The U.S. Department of Energy developed a National Energy Plan that summarizes
all research and development efforts to:
forestall energy shortages
reduce waste
foster recycling
encourage conservation
protect the environment. The plan reviewed and appraised the adequacy and appropri-
ateness of available technologies for the treatment of solid waste and devel-
oped strategies to maximize private production and investment in significant
supply sectors.


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