Information About South Dakota
South Dakota is a US State located in the midwestern region of the United States. South Dakota is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes, who compose a large portion of the population. South Dakota is the 5th least populous of the 50 United States.
South Dakota has a continental climate and has four distinct seasons. The seasons range from cold and dry winters to hot and semi-humid summers. In the summertime the average temperature of often close to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. In the summer it will usually cool down to about 60 degrees at night time. It isn’t unusual for South Dakota to have severe hot and dry spells in the summer, where the temperature will sometimes rise over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, multiple times a year. Winters are cold, with January having high temperatures averaging below freezing and sometimes low temperature below 10 degrees Fahrenheit in a majority of the state.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial located in Black Hills was established in 1925. The sculpture of the four U.S. Presidents was carved into the mountainside by sculptor, Gutzon Borglum. Wind Cave National Park is a national park in South Dakota. It was established in 1903 in the Black Hills and has extensive cave network and also a large herd of bison. Another national park in South Dakota is Badlands National Park. Badlands National Park was created in 1978 and it features an eroded and brightly colored landscape that is surrounded by semi-arid grasslands.
The most populous city in South Dakota is Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls is considered the fastest growing metropolitan area in the state. The second most populous city in South Dakota is Rapid City. South Dakota is nicknamed the “Mount Rushmore State,” referring to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial located in the state. The nickname can be found on the South Dakota state flag emblazoned in gold around the state seal.
Throughout the 19th century, some major things happened in South Dakota. In 1874, gold was found in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The subsequent gold rush and reorganizing of Native American reservations in pursuit of gold sparked chaos. On December 29th, 1890, the Wounded Knee Massacre took place on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The early 20th century hit South Dakota with the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. In the modern day, South Dakota is home to multiple headquarters of finance industry giants.
Types of SD Hazardous Waste
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- Cultures and stocks of infectious agents
- Pathological waste
- Sharps that have been used in human or animal patient care or in medical, research, or industrial laboratories
- Contaminated animal carcasses, body parts, and bedding of animals that were exposed to infectious agents during research
- Any discarded preparations made from genetically altered living organisms and their products
- Waste human blood and products of blood
- Biohazardous waste from human or animal patient care, surgery or autopsy that were in contact with infectious agents
- Laboratory wastes from medical, pathological, pharmaceutical, or other research
- Dialysis wastes that were in contact with the blood of patients undergoing hemodialysis
- Discarded medical equipment and parts that were in contact with infectious agents
- Biological waste and discarded materials contaminated with blood, excretion
- Such other SD biohazardous waste material that results from the administration of medical care to a patient whether human or animal by a health care provider and is found by the director in consultation with the division of public health services or state veterinarian to pose a threat to human health or the environment due to its infectious nature.