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Running head: UNIT V ESSAY 1 Unit V Essay Peter Jennings Columbia Southern University
UNIT V ESSAY 2 Unit V Essay Hazardous waste is all around us, at some point in time it is likely that hazardous waste was dumped in a close proximity to where you live. Having said that, not many people really know what hazardous waste or that there are different characteristics of hazardous waste. Hazardous waste as defined under the RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) is wastes that can “cause or significantly contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible, or incapacitating reversible illness; or pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, or disposed of, or otherwise managed” (Nathanson & Schneider, pg.321, 2015). There are four characteristics of hazardous waste, one of them is toxicity. “Toxic wastes are poisons, even when in a small or trace amount. Some may have an immediate effect on humans or animals, causing death or violent illness” (Nathanson & Schneider, pg.321, 2015). Another characteristic is reactivity, reactive wastes are unstable and can react violently with air, water, or other substances. Ignitability is another characteristic of hazardous wastes and relates to the low temperatures at which these wastes can burn. Ignitable wastes are capable of spontaneously combusting during storage, transport, or disposal. Corrosivity is a characteristic of

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