Governing Law and Regulations
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Division of Environment Bureau of Waste Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Kansas has adopted the federal rules and exemptions for the neutralization of hazardous wastes. The neutralization procedure involves making adjustments to the pH level of the corrosive waste so that it has a neutral value. The purpose is to alter the corrosive characteristic of the waste so that it no longer is hazardous and can be disposed of or treated as nonhazardous.
Note: The waste may still be hazardous if it has other characteristic properties such as ignitability or toxicity. Examples of industries that might use neutralization of wastes are: Automobile industries that use acids for cleaning engine parts that create an acidic corrosive waste, and cleaning industries that use caustics in their operations that create an alkaline corrosive waste. For more information on neutralization, see the national section NEUTRALIZATION OF WASTES.
• Administration and enforcement. KDHE's Bureau of Waste Management administers and enforces the hazardous waste neutralization rules in Kansas.