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Project Status: complete

Report Published September 1984:

Title: A Characterization of hazardous waste materials disposed of in California

Principal Investigator / Author(s): Redding, Robert

Contractor: Science Applications, Inc.

Contract Number: A0-142-32

Research Program Area: Emissions Monitoring & Control

Topic Areas: Stationary Sources


Recent experience in California and other states have shown that disposal practices for hazardous waste materials can impose serious risks to human health and to the environment. A lack of reliable data on the nature, source and quantity of the wastes has hampered assessment of impacts from such wastes. Further, the design of hazardous waste disposal sites has emphasized protection against contaminant of both surface and underground water supplies, but air pollution problems associated with such disposal have not been widely considered. In recognition of these deficiencies in the assessment of air pollution from the dumping of hazardous materials, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) initiated a study to address these issues.

Science Applications, Inc. (SAI) has conducted a study for the CARB entitled "A Characterization of Hazardous Waste Materials in California", and this report presents the studies oriented toward its four major objectives:

* To conduct an inventory of hazardous waste sources in California and an identification of "Volatile" portions of each source and the total;
* To evaluate the physical / chemical characteristics of hazardous wastes subject to on site landfarming in California;
* To survey on site hazardous waste incineration processes and practices in California as a combined source of airborne pollutants ; and
* To evaluate a purge and trap test method for quantifying volatile organic compounds in waste streams.

The first three objectives, or tasks, are presented in the form of distinct chapter (2 through 4), which are related through the study's goal to increase understanding of airborne pollutants related to hazardous / toxic waste disposal. The final study is prepared as a separate appendix to this report.


For questions regarding this research project, including available data and progress status, contact: Heather Choi at (916) 322-3893

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