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Kentucky Neutralization of Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste storage, treatment, and disposal facilities (TSDFs): 401 Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) 34:005, Section 1(28)

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Hazardous waste permits: 401 KAR 38:005

Hazardous waste fees: 401 KAR 39:005, Section 1(75) and 401 KAR 39:005, Section 1(123)

Solid waste facilities: 401 KAR 47:005, 401 KAR 48:005, and 401 KAR 49:005

Regulatory Agency

Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The federal rules and exemptions for neutralizing hazardous waste are effective in Kentucky. As in federal regulation, Kentucky allows for the chemical alteration of corrosive wastes known as elementary neutralization of wastes. This fairly common process is mentioned in the federal regulations at 40 CFR 260.10 and was incorporated by state regulation. 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.

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.

Precautions. Although the neutralizing process is simple in theory, in practice it can create some industry problems, including ...


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