Both the U.S. EPA and the South Carolina Department of Environmental Control regulate the disposal of chemical wastes. In South Carolina, the State regulations closely parallel the Federal ones.
In South Carolina, people who generate hazardous wastes (“Generators”) are required to have training. Hazardous Waste training is available here: How to Dispose of Chemical Waste
Many chemicals, chemical mixtures, solvents, and solvent mixtures are regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Under RCRA, a chemical can either be listed, where it is mentioned by name in the regulation, or characteristic. RCRA characteristics include flammability, reactivity (including containing cyanide and sulfides), corrosivity, and toxicity.
Chemical wastes are also regulated by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Clean-up, and Liability Act (CERCLA), which prohibits disposal of any material into the environment which is harmful to the environment. Both the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act regulate emissions in to air and water.
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CHEMICAL/HAZARDOUS WASTE STORAGE
Proper chemical storage is required to minimize the hazards associated with leaks, spills, and accidental mixing of incompatible chemicals. Please follow the link below for the General Chemical Storage Guidelines:
For questions, comments or concerns, please contact the CU Office of Research Safety Hazardous Materials Manager and/or the Safety and Waste Services Manager.
Contact the Hazardous Materials Manager for assistance in classifying and disposing of your wastes, or any questions you may have.