UConn Correcting Hazardous Waste Violations
By Karen Grava, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- An inspection by the Connecticut Department of
Environmental Protection at the University of Connecticut Mansfield
Depot Campus has
identified several violations of state regulations governing the
management of hazardous wastes.
The University was notified of the DEP's preliminary findings on June
27th.The inspections, which took place on May 29 and June 14, were
conducted at the
Longley Building, which houses the Environmental Research Institute
and other University facilities, in response to an anonymous complaint.
Although no formal notice of violation has been issued by the DEP, two
meetings between UConn staff and DEP officials have taken place already
and a third is
expected to take place this week. Corrective action where appropriate
has been taken, said Frank Labato, UConn director of environmental health
"The University is taking this matter very seriously," he said. "Our
compliance efforts are comprehensive. Nevertheless, the inspection at
the Longley Building
demonstrates the continuing need for close attention to all matters in
this area. The University's administration is committed to taking all
appropriate steps to
respond to the DEP's findings."
The inspection report identified deficiencies in storage, labeling,
transportation, and documentation procedures at the Depot campus.
The University is a Carnegie Research I university and completes more
than $100 million in research projects each year. Many of its activities
classified by state agencies as hazardous.
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