ADEM fines Alabama A&M for hazardous waste violations

Updated: Oct. 12, 2016 at 8:18 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A state agency says Alabama A&M University leaders put the public at risk after not handling hazardous waste properly.

The findings were released Wednesday in a report by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. They reveal more than a dozen violations.

It's not yet clear what kind of hazardous material they were handling, but the notice and a proposed consent order paint a very clear picture of what was going on.

According to ADEM's report, investigators found containers holding hazardous waste left open in labs. They allege that containers holding hazardous waste not labeled.

The report also reveals A&M leaders didn't know the amount of hazardous waste generated by the University on a monthly basis when asked.
ADEM is handing down a fine of more than $44,000 for the violations.

A university representative said "Alabama A&M University has been made aware of the information presented in the notice. The university shares the same goals as ADEM, and thus is committed to cooperating and maintain compliance."

According to the ADEM notice, any interested person can submit written comments on the consent order and also request a hearing but must do so in the next 30 days.

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