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Subject: Boston CHAS abstracts: RCRA 2007 & Other Regulatory Issues

RCRA 2007 & Other Regulatory Issues

Avoiding the million dollar fine: Practical solutions to common  
waste laboratory violations
Erik A. Talley, Environment Health and Safety, Weill Medical College  
of Cornell
University, 1300 York Avenue, Box 354, New York, NY 10021, Fax: 212-746-
8288, ert2002**At_Symbol_Here**

Many common hazardous waste violations in laboratories carry heavy  
fines if discovered by the Environmental Protection Agency. This  
presentation will focus on the most common violations observed and  
practical solutions in achieving compliance.

Environmental and safety management systems; A brief introduction and
personal impressions
Kathryn G Benedict, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences-Dean's Office,  
Valley State University, 312 Padnos, Allendale, MI 49401

This presentation will provide an overview of current Environmental  
and Safety Management Systems. Discussion will include the author's  
personal experience and impressions of working with a team to  
implement ESMS at a large research facility.

Environmental management systems at colleges and universities
Thomas Balf, Nexus Environmental Partners, One Financial Center,  
Boston, MA
02215, tbalf**At_Symbol_Here**

The Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (C2E2) coordinated  
an effort to survey colleges and universities on their efforts in  
implementing Environmental Management Systems. The resulting report  
was issued in October, 2006. This paper will summarize the highlights  
of the survey of more than 250 individuals at 206 colleges and  
universities. The survey asked questions regarding the maturity of  
EMS's in terms of governance, program design, scope, stakeholder  
engagement, training, and performance measurement.

TSCA: How it affects academic institutions
Rose Toscano, TSCA Enforcement, EPA, 1 Congress Street, Suite 1100 Mail
Code SER, Boston, MA 02114-2023, toscano.rosina**At_Symbol_Here**

TSCA impacts colleges and universities in many ways. Under TSCA, a  
university which imports chemicals must present certifications, as  
well as review the imported chemical against the inventory of  
approved chemicals. TSCA regulates the transfer of chemicals between  
states and intra-state. There are exemptions, and this presentation  
will provide attendees with an overview of the specific sections of  
TSCA that apply to research institutions.

What's STILL wrong with RCRA
Russell Phifer, WC Environmental, LLC, PO Box 1718, West Chester, PA
19380, Fax: 610 344.7519, rphifer**At_Symbol_Here**

The first significant changes to RCRA regulations since the 1984  
reauthorization are expected to provide some limited regulatory  
relief to academic laboratories. However, there are a number of other  
difficulties faced by generators who must comply with requirements  
which are outdated, superfluous, and unwieldy. This paper will  
address what is still wrong with RCRA and provide some suggestions as  
to how the US EPA could address these problems.

Life outside of RCRA: The Lab XL Experience
Ralph Stuart, Environmental Safety Facility, University of Vermont,  
667 Spear
St., Burlington, VT 05405, Fax: 802-656-5407, rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**

The University of Vermont, along with two other pilot schools, have  
been testing a performance oriented regulation for laboratory  
chemical waste since 1999. During this period, the amount of  
laboratory chemical waste has decreased more than the target 10% and  
significant pollution prevention has been realized. These changes  
have been based on behavior changes by waste generators as a result  
of improved training enabled by placing laboratories outside the RCRA  
waste determination universe. This presentation will discuss both the  
practical advantages and the key management Lessons Learned during  
this period.

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