West Virginia Law Review

Document Type

Student Note


Within the past decade, the level of environmental consciousness within our society has increased appreciably with the recognition of how delicate the ecological balance is and how easily it may be disrupted. Such consciousness has manifested itself primarily in stricter standards governing the emission of pollutants into the air and water. Unfortunately, this justifiable preoccupation with the quality of our air and water has overshadowed the needless desecration of America's land resources through the inadequate and environmentally unsound practices associated with the disposal of solid wastes. The purposes of this Note are to identify the scope of the solid waste disposal problem both nationally and in West Virginia; to examine the federal and state legislative responses to this problem; to analyze whether the West Virginia statutory scheme is effective in the disposition of the problem; and, finally, to advance recommendations which will facilitate the realization of environmentally sound solid waste disposal practices.



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