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Pre-Incident All-Hazards Waste Management Plan Guidelines: Four-Step Waste Management Planning Process

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that communities have a pre-incident waste management plan (WMP) (may also be called a debris management plan) that addresses the management of waste generated by all hazards. The WMP should particularly address wide area homeland security incidents ranging from natural disasters and animal disease outbreaks to chemical spills and nuclear power plant accidents to terrorist attacks involving conventional, chemical, radiological, or biological agents. A WMP that addresses only natural disasters is inadequate for other threats communities may encounter. This document describes the recommended pre-incident waste management (WM) planning process to assist communities in preparing for an incident’s waste management need, regardless of the hazard.

This document describes the four steps of the waste management planning process.

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