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Mississippi Neutralization of Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Definition of elementary neutralization unit: 11 Mississippi Administrative Code Part 3, Chapter 1 (11 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 3, Ch. 1), Rule 1.1 and 11 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 3, Ch. 1, Rule 1.16

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Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Mississippi adopts by reference the federal rules 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 standards for the treatment of ignitable or reactive wastes.

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 national section HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) for more information on characteristic and listed hazardous wastes.

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 further guidance, see the national section NEUTRALIZATION OF WASTES.

Note: The state has adopted the federal regulations applicable to this topic amended through December 31, 2008.

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