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New York, NY: (Jan-04-08) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought charges against the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, alleging that the college had several violations at its facility. Among other allegations, the EPA stated that the college failed to determine which of the wastes that it generates are hazardous, obtain a permit to store hazardous wastes, or take the required steps to exempt itself from this permitting requirement, provide proper training to employees handling hazardous waste, keep hazardous waste containers closed, and have a contingency plan, minimize the risk of fires, explosions, and the release of hazardous wastes and hazardous waste constituents.

Sources close to the case stated that the parties had reached a settlement, in which NJIT agreed to spend at least $125,000 to showcase greener lab practices and to measure the amount of solvents and energy reductions that can be achieved when practices, such as microwave technology, are used in school laboratory experiments rather than traditional chemistry practices. NJIT must also pay a $31,740 penalty. [MEDIA NEWSWIRE: LAB VIOLATIONS]


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Published on Jan-7-08


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