RCRA 2007 & Other Regulatory Issues CHAS 11 Avoiding the million dollar fine: Practical solutions to common hazardous 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**med.cornell.edu 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. CHAS 12 Environmental and safety management systems; A brief introduction and personal impressions Kathryn G Benedict, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences-Dean's Office, Grand 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. CHAS 13 Environmental management systems at colleges and universities Thomas Balf, Nexus Environmental Partners, One Financial Center, Boston, MA 02215, tbalf**At_Symbol_Here**rackemann.com 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. CHAS 14 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**epa.gov 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. CHAS 15 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**glasmesh.com 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. CHAS 16 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**esf.uvm.edu 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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