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Environmental Law

Hazardous waste is waste that has substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment. Hazardous waste has at least one of the following traits: ignitability, reactivity, corrosivity, or toxicity. Hazardous wastes may be found in different physical states such as gaseous, liquids, or solids. A hazardous waste is a special type of waste because it cannot be disposed of by common means like other by-products of our everyday lives. Depending on the physical state of the waste, treatment and solidification processes might be required. Listed hazardous wastes are materials specifically listed by regulatory authorities as hazardous wastes which are from non-specific sources, specific sources, or discarded chemical products.


The EPA has about 17,000 employees working full-time.
They may hire more people with more contracts.
More than half of the people working at the EPA are scientists, engineers, or environmental protection specialists. The other groups work in law, money, information, and public actions.
Click the picture to link to the webpage containing these resources. 

Using sound science as a compass, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) of EPA implements the:

  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA),
  • Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA),
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA),
  • Pollution Prevention Act
Do you know these Environmental concerns are not handled under the EPA:
  1. workplace concerns (that’s OSHA)
  2. wildlife concerns (that’s US Army Corps of Engineers)
  3. endangered species (that’s US Fish and Wildlife Service)
  4. food safety (that’s FDA)
  5. product safety (that’s CPSC)
  6. gardening and farming (that’s your local Agriculture Extension office)
  7. local landfills (that’s your county environmental agency)
  8. noise pollution (that’s your local governments)
  9. common local environmental concerns (usually state government agencies)
Click the picture and link to the webpage to view the basic information about CDR Data, use and interpretation of CDR Data and reporting under CDR

OCSPP’s mission is to protect you, your family, and the environment from potential risks from pesticides and toxic chemicals. Through innovative partnerships and collaboration, we also work to prevent pollution before it begins. This reduces waste, saves energy and natural resources, and leaves our homes, schools and workplaces cleaner and safer.