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Nuclear Waste Policy Act

The Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA) supports the use of deep geologic repositories for the safe storage and/or disposal of radioactive waste. The Act establishes procedures to evaluate and select sites for geologic repositories and for the interaction of state and federal governments. It also provides a timetable of key milestones the federal agencies must meet in carrying out the program. The NWPA assigns the Department of Energy (DOE) the responsibility to site, build, and operate a deep geologic repository for the disposal of high-level waste and spent nuclear fuel. It directs EPA to develop standards for protection of the general environment from offsite releases of radioactive material in repositories. The Act directs the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to license DOE to operate a repository only if it meets EPA’s standards and all other relevant requirements. Read More

Treatment Processes and Hazardous Waste Sites

There are a number of ways to treat a contaminated site. Each site is treated based on the individual characteristics, priority, and the cost to treat the site. Treatment methods discussed in the course are bioremediation, incineration, and numerous physical/ chemical treatment methods. Listed below are links to treatment technologies and examples of their use at hazardous waste sites. Read More

MIT OpenCourseWare: Waste Containment and Remediation Technology

This open course curriculum focuses on the geotechnical aspects of hazardous waste management, with specific emphasis on the design of land-based waste containment structures and hazardous waste remediation. Read More


This website provides Nebraska’s System for Assessing Water Contamination Risk through the Nebraska Cooperative Extension. This is a series of publications and worksheets designed to help rural Nebraskans assess the contamination risk to groundwater from site structures or management practices and steps to take to reduce that risk. Individual publications guide the reader through a site evaluation, discussion of the relative risks and the ramifications of contamination, and provides numerous resources for additional information on specific issues. Read More

OSHA Fact Sheet: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response

This two-page .pdf download provides a summary of OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) regulation. It emphasizes training requirements. Read More

OSHA: Safety and Health Topics: Hazardous Waste

This OSHA web page provides a comprehensive guide to information regarding Safety and Health topics in Hazardous Waste Operations. It briefly covers emergency responses on hazardous waste sites. Read More

Recycling: Fact, Fiction and the Law

A short article that helps an auto repair facility sort through the layers of agencies involved in regulating recycling and waste disposal equipment. Because of the number and type of hazardous materials commonly used in auto collision repair operations, the industry is scrutinized and forced to comply with a myriad of regulations from a number of governmental agencies. The common denominator facing all these and like businesses is keeping up with all the changes in the regulations and the confusion surrounding which agency’s rules should be followed. Read More

Hazardous Waste Incineration: Advanced Technology to Protect the Environment

This Environmental Technology Council-sponsored website contains a useful description of hazardous waste incineration. “The purpose of this report is to inform both public officials and the interested public regarding high temperature incineration of hazardous and industrial wastes.” Read More

Region 9: Solid Waste: Household Hazardous Waste

Household waste may come from single or multiple family dwellings, hotels and motels, and other types of residences. This site answers frequently asked questions about the problem of discarding potentially hazardous wastes. Read More

Management of Aerosol Cans for Business and Industries

AEROSOL CANS – are they a hazardous Waste container? Certain criteria and regulations promulgated by RCRA may render an aerosol can a hazardous waste container. This site offers information to determine whether an empty or near empty aerosol can is to be treated like a waste container or if it can simply be recycled as scrap metal. Read More


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