Hazardous waste

NPR  Feb 23  Comment 
California's attorney general has charged former and current employees with illegally burying drums filled with toxic chemicals and using public money for personal items.
Insurance Journal  Nov 14  Comment 
The University of Georgia will spend more than $400,000 after federal inspectors found dozens of safety violations in the way it handles hazardous waste. Under a “consent agreement and final order” with the Environmental Protection Agency, the...
Insurance Journal  May 13  Comment 
A Massachusetts company that manufactures materials used in laboratory analysis has agreed to pay $199,500 to settle claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it violated state and federal hazardous waste laws. Waters...
Insurance Journal  Mar 4  Comment 
California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control says it is suing a glass company for violating recycling laws after it added hazardous waste dust to wine bottles made at its Modesto plant. The department said Monday Gallo Glass Co. failed to...
Reuters  Dec 19  Comment 
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Wall Street Journal  Nov 20  Comment 
AT&T has agreed to pay $23.8 million and strengthen environmental policies to settle allegations it illegally dumped electronic waste in California.
BBC News  May 29  Comment 
Wal-Mart agrees to pay $82m (£54m) in civil and criminal charges after pleading guilty to dumping hazardous waste in California and Missouri.
Reuters  May 28  Comment 
Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Tuesday said it would pay nearly $81.63 million to the federal government as it pleaded guilty to charges that it improperly discarded hazardous waste such as bleach and fertilizer years ago.
The Hindu Business Line  Apr 12  Comment 
The disposal of sludge generated by the processing units in Tirupur has for long been a contentious issue. However, dyeing houses and the exporting community can now heave a sigh of relief with th...


Hazardous waste is any kind of toxic chemical, organic, or radioactive waste product that can be harmful if exposed to humans. Hazardous wastes are either reactive, corrosive, ignitabile, and/or toxic, though regulations vary state-by-state as to exact definitions for what is, and isn't, a hazardous waste.

Hazardous wastes are biproducts from a variety of industrial sources -- medical, academic, industrial, military, etc. -- and must be safely managed at every stage of their lifecycle. If released into the environment untreated, hazardous wastes can poison, cause cancer, or induce mutation in living life.

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