Hazardous Material
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"A number of terms (e.g., "hazardous chemicals," "hazardous materials," "hazardous waste," and similar nomenclature) refer to substances that are subject to regulation under one or more federal environmental laws. State laws and regulations also provide additional, similar, or identical terminology that may be confused with the federally defined terms. Many of these terms appear synonymous, and it is easy to use them interchangeably. However, in a regulatory context, inappropriate use of narrowly defined terms can lead to confusion about the substances referred to, the statutory provisions that apply, and the regulatory requirements for compliance under the applicable federal statutes."

Read more about 'Hazardous Terminology' in the U.S. Department of Energy's CERCLA Information Brief EH-231-003/0191, which provides regulatory definitions and references for the precise terminology that should be used when referring to "hazardous" substances regulated under federal environmental law.

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Any material that poses a threat to human health and/or the environment. Hazardous materials are typically toxic, corrosive, ignitable, explosive, or chemically reactive.

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    A substance or material capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, or property when transported in commerce.

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  • "Hazardous Material" means any substance, material or waste, the generation, handling, storage, treatment or disposal of which is regulated by any Governmental Authority, or forms the bases of liability now or hereafter under, any Environmental Law in any jurisdiction in which Borrower has owned, leased, or operated real property or disposed of hazardous materials other than cleaning, maintenance or office supplies used in the ordinary course of business and in compliance with Environmental Laws.
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  • Hazardous material is any article or substance designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as being capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, or property during transportation. In international commerce, hazardous materials are known as “dangerous goods.”

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  • “Hazardous Material” means any hazardous, toxic or deleterious chemical, material, substance or waste, including radioactive, explosive, medical or biohazardous materials or wastes, petroleum and its byproducts and distillates, asbestos or asbestos-containing materials, polychlorinated biphenyls, radon gas, or urea formaldehyde foam insulation.

     

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  • "Hazardous material" means any substance regulated as a hazardous material under Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
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  • Any article or substance designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as being capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property during transportation. Not all hazardous materials are mailable, and those that are mailable must be prepared, documented, and marked according to specific requirements.

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  • “Hazardous Material” means all or any of the following: (A) substances, materials, compounds, wastes, products, emissions and vapors that are defined or listed in, regulated by, or otherwise classified pursuant to, any applicable Environmental Laws, including any so defined, listed, regulated or classified as “hazardous substances”, “hazardous materials”, “hazardous wastes”, “toxic substances”, “pollutants”, “contaminants”, or any other formulation intended to regulate, define, list or classify substances by reason of deleterious, harmful or dangerous properties; (B) waste oil, oil, petroleum or petroleum derived substances, natural gas, natural gas liquids or synthetic gas and drilling fluids, produced waters and other wastes associated with the exploration, development or production of crude oil, natural gas or geothermal resources; (C) any flammable substances or explosives or any radioactive materials; (D) asbestos in any form; (E) electrical or hydraulic equipment which contains any oil or dielectric fluid containing polychlorinated biphenyls; (F) radon; (G) mold; or (H) urea formaldehyde, provided, however, such definition shall not include (i) cleaning materials and other substances commonly used in the ordinary course of the Borrowers’ business, which materials exist only in reasonable quantities and are stored, contained, transported, used, released, and disposed of in accordance with all applicable Environmental Laws, or (ii) cleaning materials and other substances commonly used in the ordinary course of the Borrowers’ lessee’s, or any of their respective agent’s, business, which materials exist only in reasonable quantities and are stored, contained, transported, used, released, and disposed of in accordance with all applicable Environmental Laws.
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  • Any toxic substance or explosive, corrosive, combustible, poisonous, or radioactive material that poses a risk to the public's health, safety, or property, particularly when transported in commerce.

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  • A substance, pollutant, or contaminant that, due to its quantity, concentration, or physical or chemical characteristics, poses a potential hazard to human health and safety or to the environment if released into the workplace or the environment.

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