Hazardous Waste Acronyms and Abbreviations

80 of the most popular hazardous waste acronyms and abbreviations. Oh, and a free downloadable version also!

Posted by author Richard Espinoza on Thu, Jul 09, 2015

If you thought Twitter terms were bad or trying to figure out what "TTYL" means in your daughters text messages, it means "Talk to you later," then figuring out what all the RCRA acronyms and abbreviations are, must seem overwhelming.

How many times has someone asked what the HOC abbreviation means or what does OSHA stand for? Most of the time the response is usually, "How on earth should I know, go look it up!" Or words to that affect.

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Well, we have your back covered on this one. We have put together a list of 80 of the most popular and common hazardous waste acronyms and abbreviations used in the industry. We hope you find it useful.

If you would to download a free printable version of the list, it is available here: Hazardous Waste Acronyms and Abbreviations. It will print out on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.

 

  • ACM - Asbestos Containing Material
  • AST - Aboveground Storage Tank
  • BDAT - Best Demonstrated Available Technology
  • BIF - Boiler & Industrial Furnaces
  • CAMU - Corrective Action Management Unit
  • CAS RN - Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number
  • CERCLA - Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, & Liability Act ("Super-fund")
  • CERCLIS - Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, & Liability Information System (Inventory), formerly the ERRIS List
  • CESQG - Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator
  • CFR  - Code of Federal Regulations
  • 40 CFR - Protection of the Environment - U.S. EPA
  • 49 CFR - Transportation - U.S. DOT
  • 29 CFR - General Industry Standards - OSHA
  • CHEMTREC - Chemical Transportation Emergency Center (CMA)
  • CKD - Cement Kiln Dust
  • CMA - Chemical Manufacturers Association
  • CMBST - Combustion: Incineration/Fuel Substitution (Specified Technology Treatment Standard)
  • CMS - Corrective Measures Study
  • CWA - Clean Water Act
  • CWT - Centralized Waste Treatment Industry
  • DEACT - Deactivate (Specified Technology Treatment Standard)
  • DOT - U.S. Department of Transportation
  • EPA - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • EPCRA - Emergency Planning & Community Right to Know Act (Title III of SARA)
  • FR - Federal Register
  • HHW - Household Hazardous Wastes
  • HMT - Hazardous Materials Table (49 CFR 172.101)
  • HMTA - Hazardous Materials Transportation Act
  • HOC - Halogenated Organic Compound (Appendix III of 40 CFR Part 268)
  • HSWA - Hazardous & Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 (to RCRA)
  • HTMR - High Temperature Metal Recovery
  • HWIR - Hazardous Waste Identification Rule
  • HWM - Hazardous Waste Management
  • LDR - Land Disposal Restrictions
  • LQG - Large Quantity Generator
  • MCL - Maximum Contaminant Level
  • MSDS - Material Safety Data Sheet
  • NCP - National Oil & Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (National Contingency Plan - 40 CFR Part 300)
  • NIOSH - National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health
  • Non WW - Non-Wastewater (category)
  • Nos - Not Otherwise Specified
  • NPDES -National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
  • NPL - National Priorities List
  • NRC - National Response Center
  • O/O - Owner/Operator
  • ORM - Other Regulated Material
  • OSHA - U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration
  • PCB - Polychlorinated Biphenyl
  • PEL - Permissible Exposure Limit
  • POTW - Publicly Owned Treatment Works (Sewage Treatment Plant)
  • PRP - Potentially Responsible Party (often Responsible Party (RP))
  • RCRA - Resource Conservation & Recovery Act of 1976
  • RFA/RFI - RCRA Facility Assessment/RCRA Facility Investigation
  • RI/FS - Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study
  • RORGS - Recovery of Organics (Specified Technology Treatment Standard)
  • RQ - Reportable Quantity
  • RSPA - Research & Special Programs Administration (DOT)
  • SARA - Superfund Amendments & Reauthorization Act of 1986 (to CERCLA)
  • SDWA - Safe Drinking Water Act
  • SIC - Standard Industrial Classification (Code)
  • SPCC - Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasures (Plan)
  • SQG - Small Quantity Generator
  • SWDA - Solid Waste Disposal Act (RCRA Predecessor)
  • SWMU - Solid Waste Management Unit (often SMU)
  • SW-846 - Test Methods for Solid Waste: Physical/Chemical Methods
  • TAR - Toxics Along for the Ride
  • TC - Toxicity Characteristic
  • TCLP - Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure
  • TLV - Threshold Limit Value
  • TPH - Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons
  • TRI - Toxic Release Inventory
  • TSCA - Toxic Substances Control Act
  • TSD - Treatment, Storage, or Disposal Facility (often TSDF)
  • UHC - Underlying Hazardous Constituents
  • UHWM - Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest
  • UIC - Underground Injection Control
  • UST - Underground Storage Tank
  • UTS - Universal Treatment Standards
  • VOC - Volatile Organic Compound (Chemical)
  • WW - Wastewater (category)
  • WWT - Wastewater Treatment  

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