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printreg, October, 2002
Release/Spill of Universal Waste

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From: Debra Jacobson (djacobson@istc.illinois.edu)
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 12:23:32

Here's some guidance to keep on hand should a release of universal waste occur at your facility. For more information about Universal Waste see PNEAC's fact sheet on the topic at http://pneac.org/sheets/all/index.cfm
Debra Jacobson

How do handlers of universal waste manage a universal waste if a release occurs?

According to 40 CFR 273.17 and 273.37 both large and small quantity handlers of universal waste must immediately contain all releases of universal wastes and other residues from universal wastes. The handler of universal waste must determine whether any material resulting from the release is hazardous waste, and if so, must manage the hazardous waste in compliance with all applicable requirements of 40 CFR parts 260 through 272. The handler is considered the generator of the material resulting from the release, and is subject to 40 CFR Part 262. For example, if a battery breaks and release acid, you should cleanup the incident and determine whether or not the waste is hazardous. If the waste displays a hazardous characteristic, you must fully manage the waste like any other hazardous waste generated at your facility.

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