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Previous Efforts with Academic Laboratories

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In the past EPA engaged in several efforts to facilitate improved reuse and recycling of chemicals in educational institutions and better waste management overall.

2002 Report to Congress

A collaborative, consensus-based project with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, ten leading academic research institutions affiliated with the Institute, and state environmental agencies has developed a best practices approach for managing hazardous wastes in academic research institutions, which includes effective and practical approaches for stimulating additional reuse and recycling of chemicals. EPA has issued a Report to Congress on this project.

Evaluating the Consensus Best Practices Developed through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Collaborative Hazardous Waste Management Demonstration Project and the Need for Regulatory Changes to Carry Out Project Recommendations; Report to Congress (PDF) (60 pp, 185K, about PDF)

Federal Register | PDF Version (2 pp, 41K, about PDF) - May 30, 2002

HHMI Laboratory Safety Program Exit EPA

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New England Universities Laboratories XL Project

Project XL, which stands for “eXcellence and Leadership,” is a national initiative that tests innovative ways of achieving better and more cost-effective public health and environmental protection. EPA's Region 1 is conducting The New England Universities Laboratories XL Project, which 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.

Federal Register - September 28, 1999

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1989 Report to Congress

In 1984 when the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA) to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) were passed, Congress directed the EPA to identify the problems associated with the management of hazardous wastes from educational institutions and to analyze the feasibility and availability of environmentally sound methods for its treatment, storage and disposal.

Report to Congress: Management of Hazardous Wastes from Educational Institutions (PDF) (129 pp, 2.7MB, about PDF)

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