» Hazardous wastes

Fate and Transport

Hazardous contaminants will be released from treatment, storage and disposal facilities (TSDF’s), industry, government facilities, households, and other everyday institutions regardless of the control measures implemented. Therefore, the fate and transport of a contaminant is an important issue in hazardous waste management. Read More

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was created as an independent agency by Congress in 1974 to enable the nation to safely use radioactive materials for beneficial civilian purposes while ensuring that people and the environment are protected. The NRC regulates commercial nuclear power plants and other uses of nuclear materials, such as in nuclear medicine, through licensing, inspection and enforcement of its requirements. Read More

Civilian Radioactive Waste Management

Safe handling and disposal of spent nuclear fuel: Yucca Mountain is the site of America’s first planned repository for spent nuclear fuel rods and solidified high-level radioactive waste. The material would be stored in tunnels deep underground. A complex of buildings would receive, package, and prepare the material for disposal underground. 2015 UPDATE: The President has made clear that Yucca Mountain is not an option for waste storage. The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, led by Congressman Lee Hamilton and General Brent Scowcroft, has conducted a comprehensive review of policies for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle, and has offered recommendations for developing a safe, long-term solution to managing the Nation’s used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. Read More

Substances Most Frequently Found in Completed Exposure Pathways (CEPs) at Hazardous Waste Sites

Exposure to hazardous substances is of significant concern to ATSDR. Therefore, ATSDR’s Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine publishes the following Completed Exposure Pathway Site Count Report along with the CERCLA Priority List of Hazardous Substances. A completed exposure pathway (CEP) is an exposure pathway that links a contaminant source to a receptor population. The CEP ranking presented here is based on a site frequency count, and thus lists the number of sites at which a substance has been found in a CEP.ATSDR’s HazDat database contains this information which is derived from ATSDR’s Health Assessments and Consultations. Since this CEP report focuses on documented exposure, it provides an important prioritization based on substances to which people are exposed. Read More

Construction Zones

Areas, sites, locations and facilities where construction, renovation, or deconstruction occur. Of special interest is the management of stormwater, construction debris, asbestos, and lead-based paint as well as the utilization of “green” construction options. Read More

Medical Facilities: Waste

Hospitals, clinics, dentists, veterinarians, and mortuaries all handle medical waste. But they are also subject to the same solid waste, pesticide application, hazardous waste, drinking water, and wastewater requirements other types of facilities must comply with. Read More

Compliance Assistance — Occupational Safety & Health Act of 1970

From this site you can access resources to help you prevent occupational injuries and illnesses, comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and learn about OSHA’s cooperative programs. Read More

Superfund Enforcement

The Superfund Enforcement program gets Superfund sites cleaned up by finding the companies or people responsible for contamination at a site, and negotiating with them to do the clean up themselves, or to pay for the clean up done by another party (i.e., EPA, state, or other responsible parties). Read More

Superfund Community Involvement Publications

Publications on this page provide information to community members at Superfund sites. Information found in these publications includes: * How EPA determines the amount of risk at a site; * How to get detailed reports about a site in your area; * How EPA supports reuse of sites after they have been cleaned up. Read More

Superfund Community Involvement

Community involvement is the process of engaging in dialogue and collaboration with community members. Read More


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