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Unit V EssayEnvironmental TechnologyColumbia Southern UniversityNameMay 25, 2020
Waste is defined as hazardous if they can cause or contribute to the mortality, or a seriousillness, either irreversible or detrimentally reversable (Nathanson & Schneider 2008). These hazardous wastes need to be carefully monitored because to be categorized as hazardous means that the waste poses hazard to animals and the environment if not properly stored, treated, transported, or disposed of during the management of said waste. Due to overwhelming concern from research the U.S. Federal government formed the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act(RCRA) as regulation to control unregulated storage and disposal of waste deemed hazardous. Enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the RCRA provided guidance and information following the proper handling, storage and disposal of wastes deemed hazardous. With concerted effort, the act has contributed much to improving the ways companies have disposed of waste.Hazardous waste can be deemed such based on four characteristics. One such characteristic is in fact the most dangerous type and that is Toxic wastes. Toxic wastes are deemed so if said substance can be poisonous, even in trace amounts. Toxic wastes pose a threat due to the hazardous they potentially can present to animals, including humans. Toxic wastes canpose immediate threat to the health of life or have the potential to precede long term illness (Pollution Engineering, 2004). The other three characteristics that pertain to hazardous wastes