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potential of contaminated liquid leaching and polluting ground water; the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) is a laboratory test that determines if a substance is toxic or not (Environmental Protection Agency, 2016, Mar. a). Universal wastes are wastes such as batteries, pesticides, equipment containing mercury, and lamp bulbs (Environmental Protection Agency, 2016, Apr.). These things are listed as universal wastes to facilitate municipal and commercial programs to reduce the quantity of them going to landfills or combustors (Environmental Protection Agency, 2016, Apr.). It also encourages the recycling of universal wastes and makes it easier for retail stores and others that wish to collect these wastes to ensure proper disposal (Environmental Protection Agency, 2016, Apr.). The final way of classification of a hazardous waste is mixed wastes, this is when any substances from the other three classifications are mixed with each other (Environmental
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Unit 7 Assignment 5 Protection Agency, n.d.). In the United States, hazardous wastes are regulated and controlled by the EPA and environmental protection agencies at the state level. The legislation and rules encompassing the generation, use, transportation, and disposal of hazardous wastes are vast. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency controls things on a federal level, while the states have their own state run environmental protection agencies. Even though these entities are in place to protect the well-being of the environment and communities they are far from perfect. In 1976, the United States started regulating hazardous waste; currently, there are three main legislations that control hazardous waste- the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) better known as the Superfund (Environmental Protection Agency, 2016, Jan.). The RCRA is a federal level program that the Environmental Protection Agency oversees; most of the responsibility through the RCRA is passed to local and state entities (except in Alaska and Iowa) (Environmental Protection Agency, 2016, Jan.). The TSCA covers the manufacture, import, processing, distribution, use, and disposal of toxic substances (Environmental Protection Agency, 2016, Jan.). Finally, the CERCLA (Superfund) governs the clean-up of hazardous waste sites in the United States (Environmental Protection Agency, 2016, Jan.). The National Priorities List (NPL) is a list compiling the most toxic hazardous waste sites in the U.S (Environmental Protection Agency, 2016, Jan.). Since the Superfund program started in the 1970s there have been 1,714 sites on the NPL of those, only 391 toxic sites have been fully remediated (Sutter, 2016). One of the problems with the CERCLA is that it does not get as much attention as it should and it doesn’t have the funding it needs to properly remediate all the sites (Sutter, 2016).
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  • Spring '16
  • S. Shore
  • environmental protection agency, Hazardous waste, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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