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There are about 42,560 hazardous materials removal workers (including specialists) employed in the United States. Hazardous waste management specialists work for many types of employers. Federal, state, and local governments hire hazardous waste management specialists for a variety of roles. On the local level, a hazardous waste management specialist may work within the public health, wastewater treatment, or municipal solid waste department, enforcing local regulations and overseeing disposal of hazardous waste. Hazardous waste management specialists employed by the federal government generally have a regulatory role; they oversee the cleanup of past contamination and ensure subsequent contaminations don't occur by monitoring those who generate waste. Hazardous waste professionals in government tend to have health and safety backgrounds. In the private sector, some specialists work for several companies as independent consultants. Other specialists are employed by citizen groups and environmental organizations to provide expertise on environmental and safety hazards that may not warrant Superfund attention but still concern citizens who may be affected by them.

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