With the enactment in 1976 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the transportation, handling, storage and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes became strictly regulated under federal, state and local laws. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Indiana have developed regulations for compliance with RCRA.
Responsibility for compliance with hazardous waste regulations begins with the person generating the waste material and follows through to disposal. Environmental protection, regulatory requirements and escalating disposal costs underline the importance of waste generators doing their part to ensure that wastes are properly managed at the university.
The Hazardous Waste Management Plan (HWMP) serves as a guide for handling hazardous wastes generated at the university. The goal of the HWMP is to handle hazardous waste in a safe, efficient and environmentally sound manner and to comply with local and federal regulations.