to Toxic-Torts.org. The purpose of this site is to inform
and educate those who wish to learn more about hazardous and toxic
materials and the laws that regulate their production, use, and
disposal. The information in this
site is divided into two broad 'Research' categories.
In one category will be laws and
regulations governing the use, disposal, and containment of
hazardous and toxic materials. Here the user will find laws
from the United States and comparable laws from other
countries. In the other category will be links to sites that
contain discussions on related topics.
Toxic torts is a sub-species of the
broader category 'environmental law,' but is an integral section nonetheless.
Environmental laws in general protect the environment. For example,
the Clean Water Act sets acceptable pollutant levels in regulated
waters. Toxic tort laws are the tools that governments,
public interest groups, and citizens use to not only prevent the
use of hazardous materials but to force guilty parties to clean-up harmful
For example, the Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) allows the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) to control hazardous waste from
"cradle to grave" or from creation to final disposal,
and intermediate steps such as treatment and storage. RCRA
also contains provisions for the management of non-hazardous
wastes. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) gives the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to track
~75,000 industrial chemicals currently produced by or imported
into the United States. Using TSCA, the EPA can screen, require
reporting or testing, and ban the manufacture and import of
chemicals deemed to pose an unreasonable risk to human-health or
the environment. Along with many other statutes, the EPA and
other governmental entities are empowered to protect human health
and the environment from the many dangers associated with
hazardous and toxic materials.
We hope that you will find this
information useful. Also, we welcome your comments and
Staff of Toxic-Torts.org.