Remediation Waste Management Laws and Definitions

Dealing with hazardous wasteWhen it comes to hazardous waste, proper handling and processing are vital. Mismanaged hazardous waste can be a problematic — sometimes, even catastrophic — issue that takes time and money to resolve. This is why finding the right waste management for your business is important.

Finding the right waste management service is just as important as how you segregate and sort it. In Utah, as Enviro Care Inc. and other experts explain, waste management services can help you with transporting, sorting, and processing all hazardous waste from your business. But how exactly do they do it?

Remediation Defined

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a remediation waste management site is a facility that treats, stores, and disposes of hazardous waste.

Hazardous waste can be defined as any waste substance that has the potential to explode, burn, corrode, or damage when exposed to outdoor elements. This can be anything from old household paint to toxic runoff.

The EPA has set strict guidelines under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to make sure that no waste will cause harm. These rules serve as a corrective action for remediation waste management facilities that do not comply.

Superfund Law

Aside from the RCRA, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) — also known as the Superfund — mandates which environmental media is subject for remediation. It covers all approved solutions and decisions for remediation and waste management as well as what constitutes to a remediation site.

Under the Superfund, sites for remediation are those that have been exposed to one or more hazardous substances that might lead to the endangerment of public health and safety. While the process is complex and long, the number of tests required is there to ensure public safety and that resources are going to the right place.

Remediation of hazardous waste is a complex process best left to professionals. When hiring a remediation waste facility, ensure that they’re abiding by RCRA standards and Superfund law protocols.