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printreg, September, 2002
EPA Land Disposal Guidance


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From: Debra Jacobson (djacobson@istc.illinois.edu)
Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2002 10:22:29


Printech and Printreg -
The following is a discussion on the definition of debris as it relates to land disposal restrictions. Note, asbestos containing material is not mentioned here, however it is a restricted solid waste material.
Debra Jacobson

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What is EPA's definition of debris for the purposes to the land disposal restrictions?

According to 40 CFR 268.2, debris means solid material exceeding a 60 mm particle size that is intended for disposal and that is: a manufactured object; or plant or animal matter; or natural geologic material. However, the following materials are not debris: any material for which a specific treatment standard is provided in Subpart D, Part 268, namely lead acid batteries, cadmium batteries, and radioactive lead solids; process residuals such as smelter slag and residues from the treatment of waste, wastewater, sludges, or air emission residues; and intact containers of hazardous waste that are not ruptured and that retain at least 75% of their original volume.

A mixture of debris that has not been treated to the standards provided by Sec. 268.45 and other material is subject to regulation as debris if the mixture is comprised primarily of debris, by volume, based on visual inspection.

EPA provides alternative treatment standards for debris for the purposes of creating feasible treatment options when complying with the land disposal restrictions. These treatment standards are found in 40 CFR 268.45.

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