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Source Characterization

A complete characterization of a source should include:

  • Source identification;
  • Delineation of source boundaries;
  • Estimation of source dimensions;
  • Identification of hazardous substances associated with the source;
  • Pathway-specific evaluations of source containment characteristics;
  • Determinations of the pathways to which the source might release; and
  • Waste characteristics (hazardous waste quantity and substance-specific characteristics).

The HRS provides a detailed procedure for characterizing sources (see HRS Rule Section 2.2).

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