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Delaware Neutralization of Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Definition of elementary neutralization unit: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Air and Waste Management (DAWM), Hazardous Waste Regulations (HW Reg.) 261.10

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Exemption for owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities: HW Reg. 264.1(g)(6) and HW Reg. 265.1(c)(10) (interim status)

General requirements for ignitable or reactive wastes: HW Reg. 264.17(b) and HW Reg. 265.17(b) (interim status)

Conditionally exempt small quantity generators (CESQGs): HW Reg. 261.5(c)(2)

Regulatory Agency

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Air and Waste Management

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Delaware follows the federal rules at 40 CFR 260 and exemptions for the chemical alteration of corrosive wastes, known as the elementary neutralization of hazardous wastes, including the definition of elementary neutralization units, and the treatment of ignitable or reactive wastes, with additional requirements for making quantity determinations under the exemption for hazardous waste generated by CESQGs.

The neutralization procedure involves adjusting the pH level of the corrosive waste so that it has a neutral value of 7.. The waste may still be hazardous, however, if it has other characteristic properties such as ignitability or toxicity. See the state section CHARACTERISTIC WASTE for more information.

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