Manufacturers can redesign manufacturing methods to

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Manufacturers can redesign manufacturing methods to produce less or no hazardous waste. Some Hazardous Waste can be reused as other products – i.e. solvents in cleaning products
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Conversion into non-hazardous substances Some types of wastes can be treated with chemicals to make them less hazardous. cyanides, which are extremely poisonous compounds, can be combined with oxygen to form carbon dioxide and nitrogen. Wastes can also be treated biologically – aka bioremediation. Sludge from petroleum refineries, for example, may be converted by soil bacteria into less harmful substances.
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Disposal Most of the hazardous waste produced in the United States is disposed of on land. Hazardous wastes in concentrated or solid forms are often put in barrels and buried in special landfills. These landfills have extra safety precautions to prevent leakage.
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Hazardous waste disposal sites
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What happens to improperly disposed waste? Woburn, MA – A Civil Action Niagra Falls, NY – Love Canal Named one of the top ten environmental disasters of all time Hinkley, CA – Erin Brockovich These are the well known stories…many are never told.
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  • Fall '09
  • Bigleow
  • Hazardous waste, Superfund, RCRA

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