Journal of Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences
Volume 2 (1998), Issue 1, Pages 23-50

A decision support system for regional hazardous waste management alternatives

Mahyar A. Amouzegar1 and Stephen E. Jacobsen2

1Institute of Technology & Engineering, SST 4.29, Massey University, New Zealand
2Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles 90024, CA, USA

Copyright © 1998 Mahyar A. Amouzegar and Stephen E. Jacobsen. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


With the passage of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the subsequent amendments to RCRA, efforts to provide tighter controls on the transportation and disposal of hazardous waste have been steadily gaining ground. This paper, intended as a decision support tool for regional planning, incorporates information on the hazardous waste generation, treatment capacity and the costs of waste treatment alternatives into an optimization problem of finding the relationship between governing agency and the toxic waste producing firms. As an example, we consider the problem of regional hazardous waste in the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California.