New England Universities Laboratories
Existing Federal and state hazardous waste regulations were designed primarily for industrial settings and are, in certain aspects, difficult to apply to academic teaching and research laboratories. The challenge for these academic laboratories is that they typically use a small amount of a large variety of chemicals on a sporadic basis. This Project XL proposal (PDF 2 pages; 2.3M) (The participants include: Boston College, University of Massachusetts - Boston, and the University of Vermont) has been designed to develop a more effective scheme for regulating university laboratories, to develop programs to enhance laboratory safety, and to illustrate better systems to manage laboratory environmental impacts. This proposal seeks to test the development and implementation of an Environmental Management Plan designed to minimize and more effectively manage hazardous laboratory wastes. The participants are not seeking regulatory relief from compliance with RCRA in other areas beyond university laboratories. RCRA requirements will be fully applicable at the institutional level.