A. In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 49-851

  • Action: includes any matter or proceeding in a court, civil or criminal. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Best management practices: means a method or combination of methods that is used in the treatment, storage and disposal of a special waste and that achieves the maximum practical cost effective protection of public health or the environment. See Arizona Laws 49-851
  • Medical waste: means any solid waste which is generated in the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of a human being or animal or in any research relating to that diagnosis, treatment or immunization, or in the production or testing of biologicals, and includes discarded drugs but does not include hazardous waste as defined in section 49-921 other than conditionally exempt small quantity generator waste. See Arizona Laws 49-701
  • Person: means any public or private corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society of persons, the federal government and any of its departments or agencies, this state or any of its agencies, departments, political subdivisions, counties, towns or municipal corporations, as well as a natural person. See Arizona Laws 49-701
  • Property: includes both real and personal property. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Special waste: means a solid waste as defined in section 49-701. See Arizona Laws 49-851
  • Storage: means the holding of special waste for a period of not more than one year unless a lesser period of time is designated by the director pursuant to best management practices rules. See Arizona Laws 49-851
  • Treatment: means any method, technique or process used to change the physical, chemical or biological character of solid waste so as to render that waste safer for transport, amenable for processing, amenable for storage or reduced in volume. See Arizona Laws 49-701
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Arizona Laws 1-215

1. "Best management practices" means a method or combination of methods that is used in the treatment, storage and disposal of a special waste and that achieves the maximum practical cost effective protection of public health or the environment.

2. "On site" means at or on the same or geographically contiguous property that may be divided by public or private right-of-way, provided the entrance and exit between the properties are at a crossroads intersection and access is by crossing as opposed to travel along the right-of-way. Noncontiguous properties owned by the same person but connected by a right-of-way that that person controls and to which the public does not have access are also on-site property.

3. "Petroleum contaminated soils" means soils excavated for storage, treatment or disposal containing benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, total xylenes, acenaphthylene, anthracene, benz(A)anthracene, benzo(A)pyrene, benzo(B)fluoranthene, benzo(K)fluoranthene, cyrysene, dibenz(A, H)anthracene, fluoranthene, fluorene, indenopyrene, naphthalene or pyrene in concentrations in excess of levels determined by the director pursuant to section 49-152 to protect the public health and the environment.

4. "Shipper" means a person who transports a special waste in commerce.

5. "Special waste" means a solid waste as defined in section 49-701.01, other than a hazardous waste, that requires special handling and management to protect public health or the environment and that is listed in section 49-852 or in rules adopted pursuant to section 49-855. Special waste does not include return flows from irrigated agriculture, medical waste, used oil or by-products of a regulated agricultural activity, as defined in section 49-201, that are subject to best management practices under section 49-247, by-products of livestock, range livestock and poultry as defined in section 3-1201, pesticide containers regulated pursuant to title 3, chapter 2, article 6 or waste that contains radioactive materials that are subject to a permit or regulation under the atomic energy act of 1954 (42 United States Code section 2011; 68 Stat. 919), as amended, or title 30, chapter 4.

6. "Storage" means the holding of special waste for a period of not more than one year unless a lesser period of time is designated by the director pursuant to best management practices rules. The director shall not designate a storage time of less than ninety days.

B. Defining or categorizing any material as a special waste under this article shall not affect the duty of care or breach of that duty for a cause of action for personal injury or for a workers’ compensation claim arising from the handling of any materials.