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University of the Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, VI: (Mar-27-07) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed charges against the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), alleging that investigations showed that the university was guilty of several EPA violations. The suit accused the university of failing to store incompatible waste chemicals separately, failing to determine which of the wastes that it generates are hazardous, and failing to minimize the risk of fires, explosions, and the release of hazardous wastes and hazardous waste constituents. EPA also found that the university had not properly labeled containers of hazardous waste, had not regularly inspected the chemical waste storage areas, and had not provided proper training to employees. In a settlement, UVI agreed to spend $99,000 to help all US Virgin Islands' schools to comply with environmental rules and spread environmental awareness as well as pay a penalty of $20,000 to the EPA. [NEWS BLAZE: EPA VIOLATIONS]

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Published on Apr-2-07


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