West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water and Waste Management Environmental Enforcement Branch Hazardous Waste Unit
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. West Virginia adopts by reference federal regulations at 40 CFR 260.10 that allow for the chemical alteration of corrosive wastes known as elementary neutralization of wastes. The neutralization procedure involves adjustments to the pH level of the corrosive waste so that it has a neutral value of seven. The waste may still be hazardous, however, if it has other characteristic properties such as ignitability or toxicity. See the state sections CHARACTERISTIC WASTE and HAZARDOUS WASTE TREATMENT 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 that create an alkaline corrosive waste.
Precautions. Although the neutralizing process is simple in theory, in practice it can create some industry problems, including creating easily vaporized contaminants, producing excessive heat, corroding pipes and other apparatus used in the process, causing a waste that is too acidic or too basic by adding too much or too little of the neutralizing agent, or creating an ignitable or reactive waste. For further guidance, see the national section NEUTRALIZATION OF WASTES.
• Administration and enforcement.