News Releases from Region 2
EPA Fines Drew University for Hazardous Waste Violations
Release Date: 01/05/2011
Contact Information: John Senn, (212) 637-3667, firstname.lastname@example.org John Martin, (212) 637-3662, email@example.com
(New York, N.Y.) Drew University has agreed to pay $145,000 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to properly manage hazardous waste at its Madison, N.J. campus. In 2007, the university had self-reported violations to EPA and corrected the violations.
- Haphazardly stored dozens of containers of paint, wood stains, enamels and adhesives in a manner that failed to minimize releases to the environment. These containers were being stored outside and on the ground, some of which were in close proximity to residential housing and a pond. Many containers were open and could have easily spilled their contents or leaked into the ground.
- Failed to properly identify discarded materials such as mercury, sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, formic acid, and nitric acid as hazardous wastes.
- Stored hazardous waste without a permit authorizing and regulating such storage.
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