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Disclaimer about Waste Definitions

Environmental Waste

This document describes techniques that can generally reduce regulatory compliance burdens by removing or minimizing regulated materials, wastes, and releases from facilities. However, this document is not intended to provide specific information or advice about a facility’s compliance with any regulations or laws. This document also recommends involving staff with environmental health and safety (EHS) expertise in operational changes at facilities to maximize chemical waste reductions and to assist with compliance with environmental, health, and safety regulations. EHS staff should contact the appropriate regulatory authorities for more information about compliance requirements.

Hazardous Waste

This document uses the term “hazardous waste” to refer to any compound containing chemicals that require safe disposal. This term is used to define a broad range of waste streams; these “wastes” are not necessarily the same as those classified under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the law and regulations that govern the management and disposal of wastes. The law and regulations include a specific definition of the term “hazardous waste” and that definition should not be confused with the general terminology used in this document. In addition, this document does not provide information or advice about identifying regulatory hazardous wastes or complying with the hazardous waste regulations. You should contact the appropriate regulatory agencies for information about the hazardous waste regulations applicable to your organization or facility. (For more information about wastes, see http://www.epa.gov/epawaste).

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