Waco: EPA fines Baylor for hazardous waste violations

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Baylor University has reached a settlement with the EPA that includes a $11,330 civil penalty for generating more hazardous waste that it was allowed to under its classification as a small-quantity generator, the agency announced Monday.

“From 2011 to 2014, while Baylor claimed to be a small-quantity generator, at times it generated more hazardous waste than is allowed under this criteria,” the EPA said in a press release Monday.

“Baylor also at times generated hazardous wastes without identifying them as such,” the agency said.

“The reason this is important is that large-quantity generators have much more stringent employee training requirements, and need to prepare detailed contingency plans for first responders, the EPA said.

The university has corrected the violations and will revise operating procedures to ensure compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and will also donate equipment to the Waco Fire Department “to aid in identifying explosives, narcotics and toxic chemicals during emergency responses,” the agency said.

The university released a statement in which it said: "While Baylor did not agree with certain allegations made by the EPA, compliance staff did work cooperatively to modify procedures that further ensure Baylor is operating in full compliance with the RCRA. As noted by the EPA, its allegations focused on data submittal and record-keeping; this did not involve any improper disposal of hazardous waste. As part of the settlement, Baylor will purchase and donate emergency response equipment to local first responders to support their preparedness for hazardous emergencies.”

The EPA also announced settlements Monday with Texas A&M University and Texas Christian University.

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