Frequently Used Acronyms

The following Environmental Acronyms may have one or more different meanings other than the cited text references.

 

ACGIH

American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists

NOAA

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

ACM

Asbestos-Containing Materials

NOEC

No observed effect concentration

ANSI

American National Standards Institute, Inc.

NORM

Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials

API

American Petroleum Institute

NOx

Abbreviation for oxides of nitrogen

AST

Above Ground Storage Tank

NPDES

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System

ASTM

American Society for Testing & Methods

NPL

National Priorities List

ATSDR

Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry

NRC

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

BACT

Best Available Control Technology

NSPS

New Source Performance Standard

BDAT

Best Demonstrated Available Technology

OSHA

Occupational Safety & Health Administration

BIF

Boiler and Industrial Furnace

PAH

Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbon

BMP

Best Management Practice

PCB

Polychlorinated Biphenyls

BOD

Biological Oxygen Demand

PEL

Permissible Exposure Limit

CAA

Clean Air Act

PIC

Product of Incomplete Combustion

CAER

Community Awareness & Emergency Response

PIES

Pollution Prevention Information Exchange

CAMU

Corrective Action Management Unit

PM

Particulate Matter

CAS

Chemical Abstract Service

POTW

Publicly Owned Treatment Works

CDC

Center for Disease Control

PPA

Pollution Prevention Act of 1990

CEM

Continous Emissions Monitoring

ppb

parts per billion

CERCLA

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act

PPE

Personal Protective Equipment

CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

ppm

parts per million

CLP

Contract Laboratory Program

PRP

Potentially Responsible Party

CMS

Corrective Measures Study

RCRA

Resource Conservation & Recovery Act

COD

Chemical Oxygen Demand

RFA

RCRA Facility Assessment

CWA

Clean Water Act

RFI

RCRA Facility Investigation

DEQ

Dept. of Environmental Quality

RQ

Reportable Quantity

DMR

Discharge Monitoring Report

SARA

Superfund Amendments & Reauthorization Act

DNR

Dept. of Natural Resources

SDWA

Safe Drinking Water Act

DOC

Dissolved Organic Carbon

SERC

State Emergency Response Commission

DRE

Destruction & Removal Efficiency

SIC

Standard Industrial Classification

EHS

Extremely Hazardous Substance

SIP

State Implementation Plan

EIS

Environmental Impact Statement

SOx

Sulfur Oxides

EIS

Emissions Inventory System

SOCMA

Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association

ELP

Environmental Leadership Program

SOP

Standard Operating Procedures

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency

SPCC

Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasures

EPCRA

Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act

SQG

Small Quantity Generator

ERC

Emergency Response Commission

STEL

Short Term Exposure Limit

ERNS

Emergency Response Notification System

SWMU

Solid Waste Management Unit (RCRA)

ESA

Environmental Site Assessment

TAP

Toxic Air Pollutant

FIFRA

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Act

TC

Toxicity Characteristics

FINDS

Facility Index System

TCLP

Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (RCRA)

FOIA

Freedom of Information Act

THC

Total Hydrocarbons

FR

Federal Register

TITLE III

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act

HAP

Hazardous Air Pollutant

TLV

Threshold Limit Value

HCFC

Hydrochlorofluorocarbon

TOXNET

Toxicology Network

HMR

Hazardous Materials Regulations

TPH

Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons

HON

Hazardous Organic NESHAP

TPQ

Total Planning Quantity

HSP

Health & Safety Plan

TRI

Toxic Release Inventory

HSWA

Hazardous & Solid Waste Amendments - 1984 Amendments to RCRA

TSCA

Toxic Substance Control Act

IDLH

Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health

TSDF

Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility

I/M

Inspection & Maintenance

TSP

Total Suspended Particulates

LDR

Land Disposal Restrictions

TSS

Total Suspended Solids

LEL

Lower Explosive Limit

TUR

Toxic Use Reduction

LEPC

Local Emergency Planning Commission

TWA

Time Weighted Average

LUST

Leaking Underground Storage Tank

UIC

Underground Injection Control

MACT

Maximum Achievable Control Technology

USC

United States Code

MCL

Maximum Containment Level

USGS

U.S. Geological Survey

MTR

Minimum Technology Requirements

UST

Underground Storage Tank

NA

Nonattainment Area

VOC

Volatile Organic Compounds

NAAQS

National Ambient Air Quality Standard

VOL

Volatile Organic Liquid

NACEPT

National Advisory Committee on Environmental Policy and Technology

WQM

Water Quality Management

NESHAP

National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutant

WQS

Water Quality Standards

NIOSH

National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health

33/50

An EPA project inviting manufacturers to make reductions in 17 targeted chemicals. The numbers refer to the national goals of 33% reduction by the end of 1992 and 50% reduction by the end of 1995.

REFERENCES

1. Chemical Manufacturers Association Environmental Update
2. Guide to Environmental Acronyms, Envirocorp Services & Technology.
3. Access EPA, USEPA, EPA220B-92-014, 1992.
 

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