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STATEMENT OF PROBLEM AND SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE LANDFILLS

(See endnote 91)

The establishment of a hazardous waste disposal landfill site is a complex action. There must be a determination made of: the exact location, its size, and boundaries; the hazardous materials and duration of the work that will be performed; seasonal and daily meteorological data including weather conditions, amount and direction of prevailing wind, amount of precipitation and humidity, as well as temperatures at various times of the year; terrain and geological and hydrological information; population centers and population at risk as well as ecosystems at risk; and accessibility by roads, trains, and planes; and an initial evaluation of the air, soil, surface water, and groundwater, as well as the land being used, for existing types and levels of pollutants.

All the problems stated for the landfills for disposal of non-hazardous waste also apply to hazardous waste landfills. In addition, there are numerous land disposal limitations since the hazardous waste landfill is designed as a means of treating the waste and not allowing any type of seepage to leave the area and move on to the groundwater supply or surface water supply. In addition, there should be no potential for air contamination.

 
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