Together you have a more accurate description of what a hazardous waste is but there is one thing that both are missing the characteristics of a hazardous waste. For example, a “Waste is declared hazardous if it corrodes (wears away) other materials; explodes; is easily ignited; reacts strongly with water; is unstable to heat or shock; or is poisonous,” (Haz. Waste 122). Now we have a definition of what a hazardous waste is capable of, defined as before it is called a “hazardous waste”, and the characteristics the material must have to be a “hazardous waste”. To really learn what a hazardous waste is you must know all the different types of hazardous waste.
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Anthropogenic pollutions can enter the soil directly or indirectly. This can originate from leaks, run-offs, mid-night dumping, improper discharge of chemical waste and a wide variety of other sources. Regulation to prevent pollution is in place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe. However, societies have become reliant on petroleum and petroleum based products, so the need to adapt and evolve becomes necessary in order to combat these pollutants. Adapting and evolving becomes a necessity if a society... ... middle of paper ... ...cessed on March .
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“On March 23, 2005, at 1:20 pm, the BP Texas City Refinery suffered one of the worst industrial disasters in recent U.S. history. Explosions and fires killed 15 people and injured another 180, alarmed the community, and resulted in financial losses exceeding $1.5 billion.” (U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, 2007) There are many small and big decisions and oversights that led to the incident. Underneath all the specific actions or inaction is a blatant disregard for addressing safety violations and procedures that had been pointed out to BP even years before this event. The use of outdated equipment and budget cuts also contributed to the circumstances that allowed this accident to happen. Progression of Events that led up to the Incident “On February 21, 2005, the Splitter was shut down for a planned temporary outage… Prior to start-up (on March 22), the ... ... middle of paper ... ...eved August 8, 2010, from BP Public Website: http://www.bp.com BP corporate document.
Garbage is an important ecological problem. It is seems amazing that approximately all of the citizens of the world identify rubbish as a major environmental problem and yet these people still litter. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (2008), an American produces 250 million tons of garbage per year (para.2). There are different circumstances that are based on the society, environmental conditions, occupation and size of each of the different family. As Richmond (2010) stated, if no administration organizations has the responsibility or resources to concentrate their efforts on the waste disposal, then the responsibility to do that is on ... ... middle of paper ... ...rchive/34/65003.pdf Richmond, E., (2010).