- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Western Oregon University is considering appeal options for a $12,071 fine from state environmental regulators over its handling of hazardous waste.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/1IltVsn) among the violations found by inspectors during two visits to the Monmouth campus were open containers that allowed cadmium, silver, mercury and lead to evaporate.

Officials with the Department of Environmental Quality also found WOU lacked a permit to treat and store hazardous waste, and wasn’t training employees in managing the materials.

Some of the violations resulted in fines while others garnered citations.

WOU director of public safety Rebecca Chiles says at no time was anyone in danger. She said the school is looking into filing an appeal ahead of the Aug. 10 deadline.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com


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