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2003 National Hazardous Waste Biennial Report

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the States, biennially collects information regarding the generation, management, and final disposition of hazardous wastes regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA), as amended. The purpose of the 2003 National Biennial Report is to communicate the findings of EPA's 2003 hazardous waste reporting data collection efforts to the public, government agencies and the regulated community.

The Data Presented in the 2003 National Biennial Report

Beginning with the 2001 biennial reporting cycle, EPA changed the reporting requirements for RCRA hazardous wastes. EPA would like to caution all readers of this Report that the changes to these reporting requirements will make cursory comparisons of the 2003 National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report data to earlier National Biennial Report data misleading.

Prior to the 2001 National Biennial Report, EPA excluded wastes with wastewater characteristics and wastes described with only State Hazardous Waste Codes. Beginning with 2001 National Biennial Report, it has become the individual States', or implementing EPA offices', responsibility to properly identify data that is to be included in or excluded from the National Biennial Report.

For this 2003 National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report, EPA has included all data that were identified by the State or implementing EPA office for inclusion in the Report with the following two exceptions:

  1. Hazardous waste received from off site for storage/bulking and subsequently transferred off site for treatment or disposal is excluded from generation quantities; and
  2. Hazardous waste that is stored, bulked, and/or transferred off site with no prior treatment/recovery, fuel blending, or disposal at the site is excluded from management quantities.

In addition, previous National Biennial Reports have only included management and receipts from permitted treatment, storage and disposal facilities. The 2003 National Biennial Report includes management and receipts data from both permitted treatment, storage and disposal facilities and generators that are not required to be permitted (e.g., those that recycle solvent hazardous waste generated on-site).

The 2003 National Biennial Report consists of three volumes of data:

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