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Standards Applicable to Generators of Hazardous Waste; Subpart K--Standards Applicable to Academic Laboratories

Federal Register, May 23, 2006, Page 29711-29752


Environmental Protection Agency


Proposed rule


Today, EPA is proposing alternative generator requirements applicable to college and university laboratories as defined in this proposed rule. The proposal provides a flexible and protective set of regulations that address the specific nature of hazardous waste generation in college and university laboratories. The flexibility in today's proposed rule will allow colleges and universities the discretion to determine the most appropriate and effective method of compliance with today's proposed requirements. This preamble will refer to this flexible approach as a ``performance-based'' approach. Additionally, this proposed rule grants colleges and universities the choice to manage their hazardous wastes in accordance with today's alternative set of regulations or remain subject to the existing generator regulations.


EPA will accept public comments on this proposed rule until August 21, 2006.


Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA 2003-0012 or EPA-2050 AG 18 RCRA-2003-0012, by one of the following methods: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. E-mail: Comments may be sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to [``''], Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2003-0012 or EPA-2050 AG 18 RCRA-2003-0012. Fax: Fax comments to: 202-566-0270, Attention Docket ID. No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2003-0012 or EPA-2050 AG 18 RCRA-2003-0012. Mail: Send comments to: OSWER Docket, EPA Docket Center Mailcode: 5305T, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-RCRA-2003-0012 or EPA-2050 AG 18 RCRA-2003-0012.

Further Information

For general information, contact EPA's Web site at http://www. For general information regarding lab wastes for educational institutions, contact epaoswer/osw/specials/labwaste/index.html. For further information regarding specific aspects of this notice, contact Patricia Mercer, Hazardous Waste Identification Division, Office of Solid Waste (5304W), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20460; (703) 308-8408; fax number (703) 308-0514; e-mail address: