Ceramic Industry News

New EPA Rule Focuses on Academic Labs (posted 12/16/08)

The rule aims to help improve the environmental performance of teaching and research laboratories owned by eligible academic entities.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its Academic Laboratory rule to help improve the environmental performance of teaching and research laboratories owned by eligible academic entities. The rule provides increased regulatory flexibility while enhancing safe management of hazardous waste. Eligible academic entities include colleges and universities, teaching hospitals, and nonprofit research institutes that are either owned by or formally affiliated with a college or university.

Eligible academic entities will be able to decide where the hazardous waste determination is made (at the laboratory; at an on-site central accumulation area; or at an on-site treatment, storage or disposal facility). They also must ensure that certain conditions are met to protect human health and the environment. According to the EPA, this flexibility not only allows eligible academic entities to determine the most effective and environmentally protective method of compliance, but it also ensures that a RCRA-trained professional will be making the hazardous waste determination.

The rule requires the development of a laboratory management plan, which is expected to result in safer laboratory practices and increased awareness of hazardous waste management. In addition, the rule provides incentives for eligible academic entities to dispose of old and expired chemicals that may pose unnecessary risk.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/generation/labwaste/.


Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Ceramic Industry Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2015 Ceramics Expo

Snapshots from the 2015 Ceramics Expo, April 28-30, Cleveland, Ohio. Posted: May 14, 2015.


Ceramics Expo podcast
Editor Susan Sutton discusses the upcoming Ceramics Expo with event director Adam Moore.
More Podcasts

Ceramic Industry Magazine

CI May 2015 cover

2015 May

Our May issue covers bulk batching, pneumatic conveyors, high-temperature furnaces and more! Be sure to check it out today.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Daily News

We know where you find the latest ceramic industry news (ahem), but where do you catch up on the rest of your daily news?
View Results Poll Archive


M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\Ceramics Industry\handbook of advanced ceramics.gif
Handbook of Advanced Ceramics Machining

Ceramics, with their unique properties and diverse applications, hold the potential to revolutionize many industries, including automotive and semiconductors.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


facebook_40px twitter_40px  youtube_40pxlinkedin_40google+ icon 40px


CI Data Book July 2012

Ceramic Industry's Directories including Components, Equipment Digest, Services, Data Book & Buyers Guide, Materials Handbook and much more!