University's RCRA Violations Lead to $275,000 EPA Fine

Posted on 3/17/2016 by Roger Marks

According to an EPA press release issued March 14, 2016, one of Oregon’s institutions of higher learning will pay a $275,000 civil penalty for multiple violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Federal hazardous waste regulations.

Specifically, EPA states that the university failed to make proper hazardous waste determinations for its waste. In fact, EPA inspectors found nearly 2,000 containers of hazardous waste—solvents and other flammable liquids; acids; toxic, caustic, and reactive chemicals; and used oil—that were not identified, managed, or stored in line with the RCRA hazardous waste requirements.

Identifying a hazardous waste is critical to managing it properly. Not all wastes meet the EPA’s definition of hazardous, but those that do are typically subject to exacting Federal standards for managing and inspecting containers, providing hazardous waste personnel training, reporting to US EPA, and more. If a waste is not identified correctly, it may be mismanaged for its entire lifecycle, leading to safety issues for personnel, possible releases, and costly civil penalties. For more on hazardous waste ID, read this walk-through of how to identify a RCRA hazardous waste.

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In addition to paying the $275,000 penalty, the university will provide comprehensive RCRA hazardous waste training for personnel.

See the full EPA press release here.

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