Models for Evaluation of Hazardous Wastes

by Albert J. Klee, Chf.; Processing Branch, Solid and Hazardous Waste Research Lab., National Environmental Research Center, Cincinnati, Ohio,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 1, Pg. 111-125

Document Type: Journal Paper


The problems encountered in the development of models for the quantification of the degree of hazard to the environment of waste streams are examined. With the aid of a numerical example, an additive utility approach is elucidated in detail. Three recently proposed hazardous waste rating models are also critically reviewed. In general, the complexities involved and the assumptions implied in the selection and implementation of such models are not recognized. Further, when applied to a sample of hazardous materials, there is inadequate agreement among these rating models.

Subject Headings: Hazardous wastes | Hazardous materials | Ratings | Environmental issues | Rivers and streams | Numerical methods | Chemical additives | Agreements and treaties

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