Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2006 14:50:49 -0400
Reply-To: Ralph Stuart <rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**>
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From: Ralph Stuart <rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: EPA Lab Rule Telecast

People interested in the details of the new EPA lab waste rule may be  
interested in a webcast that will be offered the afternoon of  
Wednesday June 14 by NACUBO and CSHEMA.

- Ralph

Performance Based Regulations Proposed for Academic Labs: What You  
Need to Know


For more than twenty years, higher education has encouraged and  
worked with the Environmental Protection Agency to recognize the  
unique nature of the academic laboratory environment and the  
challenges colleges and universities face in complying with hazardous  
waste rules. On May 23, the EPA published a proposed rule defining  
new, optional standards for management of hazardous waste in academic  
laboratories. The new rules provide flexibility by allowing  
institutions to manage unwanted materials in labs in a more efficient  
manner as described in the institutionís Laboratory Management Plan.  
Key provisions include allowing institutions greater latitude in the  
management and labeling of containers in labs, flexibility in  
determining when and where an unwanted material is a hazardous waste,  
and additional time for laboratory cleanouts.

NACUBO and CSHEMA have invited the EPA to present an overview of the  
regulations and answer clarifying questions about the proposal.  
Following the EPAís presentation, environmental health and safety  
experts will discuss the practical implications of this new proposed  

What You Will Learn:

- Key provisions of the proposed performance-based standard
- How implementation of the rules may affect hazardous waste programs  
at small and large institutions
- What criteria a campus would likely use to decide whether to "opt  
in" to the proposed rule rather than to comply with the current RCRA  
- What you might want to address in comments to EPA
Who Should Participate?

Environmental Health & Safety Officers
Chief Business Officers
Facilities Managers
Risk Managers
Academic Laboratory Personnel

I will be on the panel, along with Peter Reinhardt of the University  
of North Carolina and Meg McCarthy of the EPA.

Let me know if you have any questions about this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH
Environmental Safety Manager
University of Vermont
Environmental Safety Facility
667 Spear St. Burlington, VT  05405

fax: (802)656-5407

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