Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results FY2008:
Land Compliance Highlights
This year, Region 8 successfully removed over 24,000 pounds of hazardous chemicals from 35 Indian Country schools. Chemicals removed were part of compliance assistance visits where chemicals on site were inventoried and either safely stored or appropriately disposed. Chemicals removed included neurotoxins, carcinogens, suspected carcinogens, strong oxidizers, flammable hydrocarbons, corrosive, caustic, toxic and potentially explosive compounds, and flammable solids that can generate very high temperature and are a fire hazard. These efforts have made schools safer for 7,620 Native American school children, teachers, and administrators.
Plymouth State University (Plymouth State) in New Hampshire helped sixteen other NH schools remove over 11,000 pounds of chemical wastes from their campuses as part of a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) with EPA. This was accomplished through outreach, education and compliance assistance to schools in the community about their responsibilities with respect to chemicals used on site.
A variety of K-12 school audiences (science teachers, business administrators and school facility managers) were trained on various aspects of chemical management including hazardous waste compliance, developing and maintaining chemical inventories, purchasing best practices, and waste management and minimization practices. The middle school, middle/high school, and 14 high schools that benefited from this project were assisted with the removal of over 8,200 lbs of hazardous wastes, including 27 lb of acute hazardous waste, and an additional 3,700 lb of non-regulated wastes, at a cost of $74,000.
EPA and state agency staff in both the Department of Environmental Services and the Department of Education helped publicize training activities and contact information related to this effort. In addition, Plymouth State worked with state agencies and trade associations to promote the assistance they were offering to middle and high schools at a variety of additional training venues. EPA's Regional Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign was also a part of this effort.
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