July 20, 2017: Florida Institute of Technology receives $64,000 fine for hazardous waste violations

The Florida Institute of Technology received several hazardous waste violations which resulted in fines totaling $64,100.
During an inspection of the pharmaceutical chemistry lab, physics lab, organic metallic synthesis lab, physical organic chemistry lab, and the Knight lab conducted in August 2016, EPA and state inspectors located containers of old chemicals that had peeling labels, residue on the lids, waste leaking from containers that had no indication on whether or not the contents should be classified as hazardous waste, and leaking or deformed containers that held formaldehyde, bleach waste, biological stain waste, and alcohol/water waste.
In addition to those discoveries, inspectors reported the school did not perform weekly inspections of the containers that are used to store hazardous waste, the hazardous waste was not properly labeled while being consolidated, and waste was stored without a permit or proper labels.
This is the school’s third hazardous waste violation that has resulted in large fines since 2008.

Florida Institute of Technology receives $64,000 fine for hazardous waste violations