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Guidelines for Hazardous and Toxic Waste Collection and Removal

John Huang, Ph.D., PE and John Poullain, PE

This three-hour online course provides general guidelines and techniques for the management and cleanup of uncontrolled hazardous and toxic waste (HTW) sites for the protection of public health and the environment. The guidelines discussed pertain to the remediation of on site contamination by the collection and removal of wastes, soils, sediments, liquids and sludges. Techniques for remediation of contaminated drums, tanks, lagoons, landfills, soils and structures are discussed in this course. Remedial actions performed at a contaminated site must comply with federal and state regulations.

The student will become familiar with several methods and techniques used to collect and remove contaminated wastes, soil and sludges at hazardous and toxic waste sites (HTW). HTW disposal sites include contaminated drums, tanks, lagoons, landfills and structures. The student will understand the importance for proper management of collection and removal activities and for not mixing incompatible waste together. The basic guidelines for the O&M of a treatment method, guidance in the selection of the most appropriate method for treatment and their advantages and disadvantages are discussed. Potential environmental risks caused by treatment methods and measures available for minimizing risks are discussed.

You are requested to study Chapter 3, section I of the US Army Corps of Engineers Manual, “Technical Guidelines for Hazardous and Toxic Waste Treatment and Cleanup Activities”, EM 1110-1- 502 (1994 Edition, 38 pages, PDF file).

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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