Programs that control the levels of hazardous substances that are released into the environment and manage the disposal of hazardous waste materials that are byproducts of an industrial society.
Programs that provide general information about specific environmental pollutants, associated safety hazards, testing procedures and measures for remediation.
Programs that provide a hotline or other mechanisms that people who are involved in or witness to an environmental emergency can use to file a report with the proper authorities. An environmental emergency is a situation that poses an immediate threat to public health or the environment resulting from the release or potential release of oil, hazardous chemicals or radioactive materials into the air, land or water. Environmental emergencies may include: oil or chemical spills onto soil or into surface water, groundwater, or storm drains and sanitary sewers; leaking or reacting drums of known or unknown chemical or hazardous waste; leaking underground storage tanks; fires involving tires, PCBs, pesticides or other chemicals; accidents involving the transportation of chemicals, oil or other petroleum products; improper disposal or handling of asbestos, and biomedical, radioactive or hazardous waste; and mercury spills.
Programs that sponsor sites where people can bring household cleaners, automobile products (e.g., antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline, motor oil), pesticides, herbicides, paint products, outdated medicines and other hazardous materials typically found in the household for disposal. Hazardous materials are those that are labeled "corrosive", "flammable", "irritant", "toxic" or "poison" or which react when combined with other substances.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.