Waste Policies and Procedures Manual - 2003 Edition
This manual was prepared
for use within ISU. It is intended for use by, and applies to, ISU
employees, staff, visitors, and students. If this manual or any portion
of it is used elsewhere, neither its authors nor the University accept
responsibility for its contents.
7.0 OTHER REGULATIONS
Besides RCRA, there are other regulations which govern the way both hazardous
materials and hazardous wastes are handled at ISU.
7.1 Toxic Substances
Control Act (TSCA)
Several hazardous wastes, which historically have been generated on the
ISU campus, are regulated under TSCA. These include asbestos materials
and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) oils.
Asbestos is typically found in old buildings as either insulation tape
or wall/ceiling materials. If it is removed, the material is then
considered a hazardous waste and must be disposed of accordingly.
Removal must be done by qualified personnel. The central location
for this waste is maintained in the Heat Plant, ISU Building #20.
Please contact M&O at x2209 for further information. M&O
manages asbestos rather than TSO.
Most fluorescent light ballasts manufactured before 1978 contain a small
capacitor which used PCB oils as a dielectric. When these long-life
ballasts are removed, the ballasts must be disposed of as hazardous waste.
In addition, electrical transformers often used PCB oils as a dielectric
fluid. Use of these oils is banned under TSCA, but electrical equipment
which still contains these oils is encountered infrequently. If you
suspect that a piece of electrical equipment may have PCB oil in it, or
oil is leaking from a piece of electrical equipment, please call TSO at
x2310 for further assistance. Another potential source of PCBs is
immersion oils used in microscopy because of their high refractive index.
The TSO can assist in determining whether a specific oil contains PCBs,
and if it does not. They can also help with proper containment and
waste disposal of the PCB contaminated oil.
7.2 Superfund Amendments
and Reauthorization Act (SARA)
ISU is also regulated under SARA, even though ISU does not dispose of chemical
hazardous waste on the campus itself. SARA contains provisions for
reporting the presence of chemicals which exceed certain quantities, and
ISU may exceed these quantities for a few chemicals. Thus, it is
important that quantity and location of these chemicals be known and made
available to the TSO on a yearly basis by August 15.
7.3 City of Pocatello
ISU is regulated as to what may be discharged into the drains and sewer
connections which lead to the City of Pocatello's Publicly Owned Treatment
Works (POTW). This regulation is in the form of pre-treatment standards
which are set by the City so as not to exceed the discharge concentration
limits of hazardous substances, referred to as Priority Pollutants, regulated
by their National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
A Priority Pollutant list and their concentration limits are provided in
Appendix K. Do not put any material into a drain or sewer unless
you are sure it is not controlled by this or other regulations.
7.4 Clean Air Act
ISU is regulated under the CAA, which is administered in the State of Idaho
by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ). Currently,
we do not create a sufficient volume per unit time of toxic airborne emissions
to be of regulatory concern. However, this could change as the University
grows or specified regulatory substances and levels change.
7.5 Emergency Planning
Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)
ISU is required to report the presence of hazardous materials that exceed
certain amounts, called Threshold Planning Quantities (TPQs). ISU
may exceed of these quantities for substances present on the campus.
Thus, it is important to know the quantities of hazardous material and
their locations for reporting purposes.
7.6 Idaho General
Safety and Health Standards
The Idaho General Safety and Health Standards contains information related
to labeling and storage of hazardous materials, and a reference to the
Code's application to school laboratories. Currently this code incorporates
the 1982 Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) standards found in the
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
7.7 Reportable Quantities
Certain hazardous materials have defined quantities which when released
into the environment, are deemed to have sufficient hazard potential as
to be reportable to several government agencies. These hazardous
materials and their release reportable quantities are found in 40 CFR 302.4.
Release to the environment includes a spill that might ultimately find
its way into groundwater, such as through the soil or into a sewer or storm
drain. It does not include releases contained within a structure.
Please report the release to the environment of ANY quantity of hazardous
material to the TSO. TSO will determine reporting requirements.
Idaho State University
Campus Box 8106
785 S. 8th St. PS Rm 101
Pocatello, ID 83209
Phone: (208) 282-2310 or
Fax: (208) 282-4649