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Mission Statement:
To ensure the facilities that generate, transport, treat, store, and dispose of hazardous waste comply with the federal hazardous waste regulations.

Regulated Community:

The NNEPA Hazardous Waste Program inspects 185 facilities that generate hazardous waste.
These facilities include tribal, county, state, and federal facilities, also the coal mines, the power plants, private industries, educational facilities, and small businesses.

What is Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous Waste can be any type of solid, liquid, or contained gaseous material that you no longer use and have either recycled, dicarded, or stored until you have enough to treat or dispose of. When not handled or disposed of carefully this waste could:

  • cause injury and/or be fatal
  • damage to the environment

Goals: To identify non-notifiers who generate:

  1. Hazardous Waste
  2. Conduct Inspections
  3. Support EPA Enforcement Activities
  4. Provide technical assistance & hazardous waste workshops

Issues:

Using an unqualified contractor to transport & dispose of Hazardous Waste.
Not all facilities have qualified workers who are responsible for managing and handling hazardous waste.

Do not buy used 55-gallon drums & containers for use to store water or livestock feed, or to modify into a livestock feed trough or barbeque grill.

Recommendations:

  1. Improve communication with all parties involved
  2. Verify qualifications for all hazardous waste contractors
  3. Ensure personnel training is current
  4. Purchase environment "friendly" products to avoid generating hazardous waste
  5. Implement pollution prevention and waste minimization programs
  6. Consider vendors who will exchange & refill empty containers
  7. Secure financial resources
  8. 2003 Hazardous Waste Report Form - Navajo Nation EPA
  9. 2003 Hazardous Waste Instructions and Forms - USEPA
  10. Notification of Regulatory Waste Activity

 

of organisms producing disease, which causes hide damage and economic loss to the producers. Where external parasites are a problem, the only effective control measure is the use of insecticides on the animals as a spray, systematically or in some cases dip. The federal and state governments restrict the uses of many of the best insecticides. Restrictions are even greater if the compound is to be used on food producing animals.

Guides to Applications:

The safety of your health and others' should be a major concern during any pesticide application. Labels are the legal source of information that needs to be adhered to and observe its safety rules. The labeling provides the following instructions:

the rate of application, mixing procedures (dilution rate), wear appropriate equipment/clothing, and identify your targeted pest. Apply on appropriate days, if spraying is the choice of application; do not apply on windy or rainy days. Wear waterproof clothing if you will be working in drifts, spray or runoffs. Do not wipe your gloves on your clothing; this will contaminate your clothing. Never eat, drink, smoke, or chew while handling or applying pesticides. Brimmed hat and eye protection (safety glasses/goggles) should be worn as well. Be dressed for your work. If systemic procedure is applied, be specific to the ratio or application; weight of the animal, type of animal, and age of the animal. Wear appropriate wardrobe for the task to be performed as indicated on the label. Always wear rubber gloves when handling or applying pesticides to prevent dermal exposure. To prevent spillage and possible poisonings, check all applications equipment for leaking hoses, pumps, or connections.

Storage of Pesticide Products:

As with all pesticide products keep out of reach of children. Store in secure area with a lock to prevent unauthorized entry. Make sure pesticide products are off the floor on pellet or shelf. Store the product in their original containers and be sure to mix just enough pesticides for every job. No person shall transport, store, or dispose of any pesticide or pesticide container in such a manner as to cause injury to humans, vegetation, crops, livestock, wildlife, waterway or otherwise adversely impact the quality of any other natural resources.

Transportation of Pesticides:

The safest way to haul pesticides is in the back of a truck. Secure all containers to prevent breakage and spillage. Keep pesticides away from food, feed, livestock, pets, and passengers. Pesticides should be transported only in correctly labeled containers. Do not leave pesticides unattended. You are responsible if accidents occur. Always have absorbent material on hand in case of accidental spills.

First Aid and Pesticide Poisoning:

Read the first aid instructions on the pesticide label. Follow the instructions. Do not become exposed to poisoning yourself while you are trying to help. Take the pesticide container or label to the physician. Do not carry the pesticide container in the passenger space of a car or truck. Have some water available for quick wash in case of exposure. Pesticides can posion humans as well as the environment if used in abnormal manner that is inconsistent with the product labeling. Over exposure to pesticides can be harmful and can cause injury. You also should be on the alert for the two kinds of clues of pesiticide poisoning. Some are feelings that only the person who has been poisoned can notice, such as nausea or headache. You should know what your own symptoms might mean and what signs of poisoning to look for in your co-workers and others who may have been exposed.