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Stop 19: Incinerator

Highlighted Topic:  Hazardous Waste Treatment (Incineration/Oxidation)

Tour Stop 19If you generate hazardous waste, there are two major options for treating it: send it off-site for treatment or treat it on-site (as is pictured with this incinerator.)

If you send your hazardous waste off-site for treatment, you will still need to follow the requirements of being a hazardous waste generator, including getting an EPA ID, properly handling your waste (through labeling and segregation), and meeting storage time limits. You will need to identify a suitable Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) facility that can manage your waste and arrange for the waste – accompanied by its waste manifest – to be sent off-site.

Hazardous Waste Treatment:

If you treat your hazardous waste on-site (i.e., using incineration or other technologies), you will have to get a special, stringent TSD permit. This permit will establish a whole host of detailed operating requirements for your treatment process, including technical specifications; monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting; and so forth. The permitting process can stretch over years, and is considered very rigorous.

Other Regulatory Issues:

Hazardous waste treatment equipment can generate both air and water emissions, and thus would also be covered by the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.