Three Texas Universities Cited by the EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cited three Texas universities for neglecting to properly handle hazardous waste.
Baylor University, Texas A&M and Texas Christian University were all involved in action taken by the EPA after they reviewed reports for each school.
Baylor claimed to be a small waste generator, but in fact sometimes produced more waste then allowable to be labeled under that criteria. The university payed $11,330, which was donated to the Waco Fire Department, and agreed to change the way management was implemented.
TCU in Fort Worth, listed as a large-quantity waste generator, did not properly track their hazardous waste. The school paid a civil penalty of $30,591.
Four Texas A&M campuses were cited by the EPA for violations: Commerce; Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco, Texas; Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in Amarillo, Texas; and the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group in College Station, Texas. These campuses qualified as large waste producers, but were only listed as small-quantity waste producers. Texas A&M paid a combined penalty of $141,912.
Each campus involved has agreed to correct these problems and meet Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) standards.