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Guide for Industrial Waste Management

Chapter 1: Understanding Risk and Building Partnerships (PDF) (28 pp, 1.2MB, About PDF)

This chapter introduces risk assessment, including a discussion of several types of risk and the methods used to assess these risks. It also describes how partnerships are fostered between a waste-generating company, the community in which it operates, and the state agency that regulates the company. Through partnerships, trust and credibility can be built among all parties.

This chapter helps to answer the following questions:

Resources

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Website Exit EPA features a series of summaries about hazardous substances developed by the ATSDR Division of Toxicology

US EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) Website features OPPT chemical fact sheets out of date

EnviroFacts is a US EPA Web site that contains chemical data from different program system databases: the Aerometric Information Retrieval System, the Permit Compliance System, and the Toxics Release Inventory System

US EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) is a database of human health effects that may result from exposure to various substances found in the environment

US Department of Commerce National Technical Information Service (NTIS) Exit EPA is a central source for scientific, technical, and business-related government information

US EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) is a national resource center for the overall process of human health and ecological risk assessment; the integration of hazard, dose-response, and exposure data and models to produce risk characterization

US EPA Toxics Release Inventory: Community Right-To-Know Website provides information regarding toxic chemicals that are being used, manufactured, treated, transported, or released into the environment

US EPA Chemical Emergency Prepardness and Prevention Office Website provides information on prevention and risk management planning, emergency planning and community right-to-know, and emergency response

US EPA Green Communities Website provides a step-by-step guide for planning and implementing sustainable actions

Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials Website Exit EPA provides links to state Web pages

American Chemistry Council Website Exit EPA features Responsible Care®

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