Federal regulators said Tuesday they have reached a settlement with The University of Connecticut after it was determined the school improperly disposed of polychlorinated biphenyl waste associated with a 2013 renovation project at the Storrs campus.
The school will pay the federal Environmental Protection Agency a $28,125 fine as part of the settlement, according to officials with the Boston office of the EPA. Agency officials notified the school earlier this year that a 2013 window replacement project had resulted in UConn violating the federal Toxic Substances Control Act.
The window replacement project resulted window caulk falling on parts of the campus, according to EPA officials. Working with contractors and an environmental consultant, soil contaminated with window caulk was collected and removed from campus.
Waste from PCB remediation projects can only be disposed of at federally approved facilities. But because a transportation manifest for the waste did not properly identify the material, the PCB-laden waste was taken to a facility that was not licensed for that type of disposal.
“This action demonstrates how important it is that all parties involved with PCB waste ensure that every step in the handling and disposal of the PCBs is done consistent with the regulations,” Deb Szaro, acting regional administrator of EPA’s New England office, said in a statement.
UConn officials were not immediately available for comment Tuesday regarding the settlement.
PCBs are classified by EPA as a probable human carcinogen and have been shown to cause other adverse health effects on the immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems.