New Jersey has the toughest and most comprehensive hazardous waste management programs and policies in the United States, according to a new report entitled, "The State of the States 1987." The report profiles the major environmental problems facing each state, describes the severity of each state's situation, and ranks the state programs designed to solve the problems.
According to the report, 21 states have passed laws to control underground storage tanks and 13 states have regulations in place for that purpose; 10 states have regulations restricting the pumping of wastes underground (deep well injection); 17 states have state, county or local programs for collection of household toxics; 13 states have restrictions on small-quantity generators stricter than those embodied in federal law; 21 states have passed community right-to-know laws; 37 states have programs to monitor hazardous waste sites for evidence of groundwater contamination.
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--Peter Montague, Ph.D.
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