Information on Hazardous Wastes and related topics. Sponsored by Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc.,
Hazardous waste is waste that has been classified as hazardous under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976, as amended, or the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Hazardous waste may be of two types, listed or characteristic waste. Waste is considered hazardous if it appears on one of four lists published in the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR Part 261). Currently, more than 400 wastes are listed. If the waste does not appear on one of the hazardous waste lists, it still might be considered hazardous if it demonstrates one or more of the four characteristics of being ignitable, corrosive, reactive, or toxic.
General Background; Consumer Information
Encarta Encyclopedia's Hazardous Waste. Covers overview, sources, effects, control, legislative history, international issues.
EPA Office of Solid Waste has a mix of general consumer information as well as regulatory details and links. Good background in the FAQ's, "Generate & Transport", and "Treat, Store, and Dispose".