Large quantities of hazardous wastes are generated in the U.S. by industry, governments and individuals. After generation, this waste must be handled in such a way as to prevent harm to the environment and to humans. Often, this handling encompasses some types of treatment and disposal. However, the management of hazardous waste is evolving from treatment to prevention. If the waste is not generated, it does not need to be managed. Thus, management costs and future liability are avoided. This course reviews the pertinent regulations affecting hazardous waste management, including RCRA, HSWA, CERCLA, and SARA. Traditional management methods from prevention through disposal are covered, including the design of treatment systems and disposal sites.
This course requires CE 380 or the consent of the instructor. ENVS 540 may be substituted for CE 380 at the discretion of the instructor. Due to accreditation, a B.S. in engineering is required; proof of this degree is required for non-civil engineering students to enroll.