Idaho Reports Sharply Lower Hazardous Wastes in 2009

Date: March 2, 2010

Source: Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

March 1, 2010

Hazardous waste volumes continue to decline in Idaho in 2009

March 1, 2010

BOISE The overall volume of regular hazardous waste generated in Idaho continued to decrease last year, reports the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

DEQ's 2009 "Hazardous Waste Management in Idaho" report shows that hazardous waste generation decreased from 7,082 tons in 2008 to 5,055 tons in 2009.

DEQ attributes the sustained decrease to the economic downturn and continued waste reduction practices implemented by businesses and hazardous waste generation facilities in Idaho.

Reductions were recorded in the characteristic waste, solvent waste, mixed waste, and other categories.

The report is available electronically on DEQ's Web site (www.deq.idaho.gov/waste/data_reports/haz_waste/haz_waste_2009.pdf), from Rene Anderson at DEQ's State Office in Boise at (208) 373-0502, and in DEQ regional offices in Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Falls, Lewiston, Pocatello, and Twin Falls.

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