Determining whether a waste is hazardous
In the United States , the rules and regulations for managingany discarded material, including nonhazardousmaterials, are outlined in the Resource Conservation andRecovery Act (RCRA). This regulation places the responsibilityof determining 'if the waste is hazardous squarely onthe persongeneratiugthe waste (40 CPR Section 262.11).
Although determining whether a material is hazardousmay seem like the simplest part of a hazardous-waste managementprogram. it is actually at the root of most hazardous-waste violations. RCRA (42 USC Section 6903)lists the specifications that defme hazardous waste. Theaccuracy of the identification and classification of h:!zardouswaste will have a direct impact on the generator'sability to cOfnply with mandated labeling, storage, segregationand disposal requirements for that waste.