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On Jan. 18, 2009, the Office of Solid Waste (OSW) was reorganized and changed its name to the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR). According to the EPA, the name change "reflects the breadth of the responsibilities/authorities that Congress provided to EPA under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the primary authorizing statute".
ORCR has three divisions, which consolidate the operations of the six divisions under the OSW structure. As the EPA has increased its focus on resource conservation and materials management, particularly recycling, it is expected that focus on this aspect of the RCRA program will continue. ORCR will also run the agency's waste management regulatory and implementation program.
At least one thing hasn't changed; the ORCR's website is still www.epa.gov/osw.