How New Jersey is Handling Its Hazardous Wastes

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 9, Pg. 81-86

Document Type: Feature article


For many years, environmental agencies have paid little attention to how industry manages and disposes of its hazardous wastes. This has been especially true in New Jersey. As a result of government inattention, New Jersey industry has been sloppy in the way it manages its hazardous wastes, these toxic chemicals often contaminating ground and surface water sources. For over a year now the state has had a manifest system operating to track hazardous wastes from cradle to grave. Most industries still dispose of their waste in on-site lagoons and landfills. Others send their waste to a company specializing in the treatment and incineration of wastes or else have it shipped to an out-of-state chemical landfill. One of the most pressing needs right now is for a chemical landfill — there's not a single one in the state. But there is much public opposition. As EPA tightens the standards for on-site lagoons and landfills, more and more companies will rely on outside waste processing firms.

Subject Headings: Chemical wastes | Industrial wastes | Landfills | Hazardous wastes | Waste disposal | Lagoons | Chemical treatment | Aging (material) | New Jersey | United States

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