Industry Challenges EPA on Whether Certain Wastes are Hazardous or Not

by Gene Dallaire, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 9, Pg. 79-81

Document Type: Feature article


Before the U.S. can clean up its hazardous wastes, it must first decide which wastes are hazardous, which not. The case histories presented here show that this decision is not always easy to make. Treating flyash from electric power plants as a hazardous waste could cost the utility industry billions. In the petroleum industry, engineers argue that drilling muds and produced water are not really hazardous. And in the steel industry, considering pickling liquor as hazardous would inhibit its recycling as a wastewater-treatment chemical. Many of the disagreements between industry and EPA over whether or not a particular waste is hazardous stem from the shortcomings a the so-called extraction procedure toxicity test.

Subject Headings: Recycling | Electric power | Industrial wastes | Environmental Protection Agency | Hazardous wastes | Environmental issues | Case studies | Power plants

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