Welcome 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 contaminants.

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 suggestions.

Staff of Toxic-Torts.org.



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