The Hazardous Waste Research and Information Center is a program of the Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources. The Center is housed in the Water Survey Division and involves the scientific and engineering staff of all Divisions of the Department. Currently, there are no facilities available for the sampling, storage, chemical or physical characterization of hazardous materials and waste streams which contain unknown hazardous components. In order to carry out its mission to provide research, information, technical and industrial assistance on hazardous waste problems in the State, the Center must provide a facility for the accurate characterization of properties of waste streams and unknown samples. The complete physical and chemical analyses of such samples requires the development of new handling and analytical facilities to insure that exposure hazards to laboratory and related personnel can be minimized. This type of operation must be conducted to adequately control the release of any hazardous materials from the laboratory to the external environment. The proposed facility has been identified as the Hazardous Materials Laboratory (HML). The proposed laboratory facility should incorporate areas for safety and sampling gear, sample storage, sample preparation and preconcentration. Sufficient analytical capability must be maintained to permit the comprehensive evaluation of the hazardous properties or treatability of wastes and environmental samples. Limited facilities for bench scale testing of various treatment options should be included. To the extent possible, existing laboratory instrumentation should not be duplicated. The criteria for judging duplication should include safety, minimal disruption of ongoing activities in the Center and Divisions, as well as the need to provide new technical support services for a variety of users. This study provides a preliminary description of essential HML functions and capabilities. Also included is a detailed summary of existing analytical and related facilities of the Department. Due to the nature of the proposed facilities' requirements, it is unlikely that any of the Department's existing laboratory or office space can be renovated to accommodate the needs of HWRIC. There is no suitable space at the University of Illinois available to the Water Survey for either the long-term office or laboratory needs of HWRIC. The most reasonable alternative therefore is to construct the HML and HWRIC office space on the new grounds of the Water Survey at the former Adler Zone Center. This study provides the data necessary for a comprehensive design study to be conducted by a qualified firm.
- Testing laboratories -- Design and construction
- Hazardous wastes -- Analysis