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printreg, January, 2003
Universal Waste Spills


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From: Debra Jacobson(djacobson@istc.illinois.edu)
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2003 09:31:33


Here's guidance on how to address spills of universal wastes. This would include mercury bulbs, etc.
Debra Jacobson
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How must spills of universal waste be handled?

According to 40 CFR 273.12 and 273.37, both large and small quantity handlers of universal waste must immediately contain releases of universal waste and other residues from universal wastes. You 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 hazardous waste regulations. The universal waste handler would then also be considered the generator of the waste resulting from the release, and is subject to 40 CFR 262.

Many universal wastes may be considered hazardous waste if a release occurs, depending on the waste and the concentration of its constituents.

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