How do we deal with Toxic Waste in today’s world?



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    In the US, through the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Congress directed EPA to regulate all aspects of hazardous waste. As a result, EPA developed strict regulations for the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. States may implement stricter requirements than the Federal regulations as needed.

    One common method of treatment is hazardous waste combustion or incineration, which is used to destroy hazardous organic constituents and reduce the volume of waste.

    Disposal is the placement of waste into or on the land. Disposal facilities are usually designed to permanently contain the waste and prevent the release of harmful pollutants to the environment. The most common hazardous waste disposal practice is placement in a land disposal unit such as a landfill, surface impoundment, waste pile, land treatment unit, or injection well. Land disposal is subject to requirements under EPA’s Land Disposal Restrictions Program.

    Many other countries do not have regulations regarding hazardous waste and may dump them in rivers, ponds or even right into the ocean.

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