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Hazardous waste: cleanup and prevention

January 1, 1996

Our lifestyles are supported by complex Industrial activities that produce many different chemicals and chemical wastes. The Industries that produce our clothing, cars, medicines, paper, food, fuels, steel, plastics, and electric components use and discard thousands of chemicals every year. At home we may use lawn chemicals, solvents, disinfectants, cleaners, and auto products to Improve our quality of life. A chemical that presents a threat or unreasonable risk to people or the environment Is a hazardous material. When a hazardous material can no longer be used, It becomes a hazardous waste. Hazardous wastes come from a variety of sources, from both present and past activities. Impacts to human health and the environment can result from Improper handling and disposal of hazardous waste.

Publication Year 1996
Title Hazardous waste: cleanup and prevention
DOI 10.3133/70047734
Authors Stephen Vandas, Nancy L. Cronin, Frank Farrar, Guillermo Eliezer Ávila Serrano, Oscar Efraín González Yajimovich, Aurora R. Muñoz, María del C. Rivera
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Unnumbered Series
Series Title General Information Product
Index ID 70047734
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Water Resources Program