Waste, Hazardous

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  • In 2009, over thirty-five million metric tons of government-designated hazardous waste was generated in the United States, with almost three-quarters being from basic chemical manufacturing (54%) and petroleum and coal product manufacturing (20%). Hazardous waste is any released or discarded waste that is considered unsafe or could cause harm to humans or the environment. The federal government has established policies and strict procedures for determining, handling, transporting, and disposing of hazardous waste. Hazardous waste can be in the form of four physical states: solid, sludge, liquid, or gas. These wastes are primarily found in chemical and industrial plants but can also be found in limited quantities in most households that have insecticides, electronics, cleaning agents, batteries, and many other products. These household versions are labeled ...

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