N.C. college fined for waste violations By Bertrand M. Gutierrez Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal Winston-Salem State University was fined $27,000 in December for violating state hazardous-waste laws, the third-largest fine statewide last year for such violations. State and federal inspectors found three separate violations during an unannounced visit in the spring, officials confirmed this week. In one instance, the university failed to mark containers of hazardous waste, some of which came from the school's science labs. Aaron Singleton, a school spokesman, said that problems arose when the chemistry and life-science departments moved to the new Wilveria Bass Atkinson Science Lab. "Some of the procedures relating to the disposition of hazardous waste were not complied with as fully as state and federal regulations required," Singleton said. No one was injured and no damage to the environment occurred, he said. Winston-Salem State is one of two universities penalized for hazardous-waste violations last year. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte was fined $19,633 in December for similar violations, including the failure to identify eight containers as hazardous waste. Singleton said that the university has taken steps to prevent a recurrence of the violations.
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