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Characteristic Waste
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EPA requires all waste generators to evaluate their wastes to determine if they exhibit any of the four hazardous characteristics: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity. Ignitable wastes are capable of causing or intensifying a fire. Corrosivity describes those wastes that might be capable of corroding metal containers and escaping to contaminate the environment. Reactivity wastes are those that are particularly unstable. Toxic wastes are harmful or fatal when ingested or absorbed.
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Proposed Regulations 40 CFR 261 - Hazardous Waste Management System; Tentative Denial of Petition To Revise the RCRA Corrosivity Hazardous Characteristic 04/11/2016National
Regulatory Analysis Characteristic Waste  National
Guidance Documents Corrosivity Towards Steel (Method 1110A)  National
Guidance Documents EPA's Guide for Industrial Waste Management Chapter 2: Characterizing Waste  National
Guidance Documents Ignitability of Solids (Method 1030)  National
Guidance Documents Pensky-Martens Closed-Cup Method for Determining Ignitability (Method 1010A)  National
Questions & Answers Regarding Hazardous Waste D007 for Chromium, is the 5 ppm limit for Hexavalent Chromium or for total Chromium? 10/24/2005National
Guidance Documents Setaflash Closed-Cup Method for Determining Ignitability (Method 1020B)  National
Guidance Documents Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) (Method 1311)  National
Questions & Answers We had a TCLP run to determine if a product met the 0.5 mg/l threshold for Benzene (D018). The detectable limit for Benzene in the SW846-8260B test is 1.1 mg/L. Is there a another test that can be ran that will detect benzene at 0.5 mg/L? 10/01/2014National
Questions & Answers What concentration of reactive cyanide in a liquid waste will render it hazardous by reactivity? I submitted an aliquot of the waste to a lab for reactive cyanide and pH analyses. Lab reported 32.9 mg/kg reactive cyanide and pH 8.91. 04/28/2011National
Questions & Answers What does "recovery of surrogates" mean in TCLP tests? 07/13/2009National