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Safety - Hazardous Material

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The beautiful and cascading natural lands can be eye catchers for illegal hazardous waste dumpers. These dumpers often leave materials which range in type from syringes and materials used to make or use illegal drugs, to hazardous chemicals. Our employees and national forest and grassland visitors could easily be exposed to these substances.

Dump sites can cause many problematic areas. Disease-carrying rodents and insects are attracted to these sites. Injury from accidental contact with sharp objects or chemical inhalation are possible threats to employees and visitors. These materials, which are often combustible, also pose increase risk for forest fires.

Visitors to our National Forests and Grasslands are encouraged to use pubic trash receptacles for household trash. Visitors should dispose hazard waste, at a commercial facility. Some examples of hazardous waste include automotive trash such as antifreeze, batteries, used oil, and empty propane cylinders.

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Last modified March 28, 2013

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