Findings of an international conference sponsored by the IAWPRC and Tulane University entitled, “Waste Management in the Chemical and Petrochemical Industries - Toxics Management” held 17-20 June 1991 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA are summarized and discussed. Focus is given to the identification, assessment and control of toxics with emphasis on: legal considerations, toxicity assessment, waste minimization and innovative treatment techniques for toxic and hazardous waste liquids and residuals. Management of toxics in the chemical and petrochemical industries is developing into an interactive process between many disciplines. Evaluation procedures are becoming more complex due to a trend towards human-health-based standards for specific chemicals. Consensus among regulators, industry and researchers is that waste prevention by source reduction/waste minimization is the most desirable waste management option for toxics control.

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