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Learn the Lingo

Do environmental terms sometimes sound like a foreign language to you? If so, you’re not alone. Many businesses and communities have difficulty keeping up with the latest environmental lingo. This feature will cover some common environmental terms you may encounter.

RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, 1976) — Regulations established under this act set management standards for hazardous and nonhazardous waste.

MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) — Part of the Hazard Communication Standards set up by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to protect workers from chemical hazards. The MSDS for a chemical outlines: composition of the substance, trade name, manufacturer’s name, hazards and precautions for handling the material.

TCLP (Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure) — A laboratory test used to detect the concentration of heavy metals (such as mercury, cadmium, lead, etc.) and/or organics in an extract of waste. Wastes that contain toxic contaminants in concentrations that are greater than regulatory levels are classified as hazardous wastes.

TSDF (Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities) — A facility that conducts hazardous waste treatment, storage or disposal activities. Facilities must receive an EPA permit for these activities.