EPA Targets Hazmat Funding

Maintenance Solutions Magazine

Yale University faces a $30,000 fine for failing to meet financial assurance requirements of federal and state hazardous waste laws. A February complaint from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that Yale violated requirements of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) by failing to submit updated financial information for 2003 and 2004.

The action is part of a new EPA federal initiative that aims to ensure that institutions handling hazardous waste have funds available to properly clean up areas where the wastes have been treated, stored or disposed of.

EPA began the nationwide effort after a report from its inspector general indicated that many companies might not comply with laws regarding financial assurance. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/region1/enforcement/waste/index.html

In other EPA enforcement news, the Maine College of Art in Portland agreed in January to pay $60,000 to settle EPA claims that it violated state laws by failing to determine if wastes were hazardous.

Also, in EPA’s Region 3, Howard University in Washington, D.C., paid a $59,589 penalty and settled alleged violations of federal laws to prevent fuel leaks from five underground storage tanks.

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