Module 7

Information from Course Outline
Module 7, Closes Monday, October 21
More RCRA: Administrative requirements, Chapter 9; Transportation, Chapter 10

Chapters 9 of your text covers details, mostly about RCRA, and Chapter 10 covers details about hazardous waste and hazardous material transportation. I don't want you to memorize the bewildering array of citations or details in these two chapters. On the other hand, anyone in the Haz Mat business needs to know these regulations exist and where you might go to look them up. My apologies to our international students, most of this will be specific to U.S. Regulations. However I will try to present the logic behind the regulations, the underlying problems are the same anywhere, then give you an overview of some of the details.

Learning Modules
Submodule 7A
Introduction Q&A
Submodule 7B
Administration, Training and Labeling ; Q&A
Submodule 7C
Transportation; Q&A
New Closure

There are 25 points for this module's homework. a.) 10 points for the auto-quiz you access through Blackboard, b.)5 points for the assignment relating to transportation, c.) 5 points for the discussion, d.) 2 points for the message to the instructor, and e) 3 points for your input (see below).

a.) Access the quiz through Blackboard. A copy of the quiz is found here. Several questions on the quiz require you to look some things up that are not in the learning submodules directly, and may ask for information from earlier module's closure modules.

b.) For the assignment relating to Transportation, see Submodule 7C.

c.) For the group discussion: Your company, Stench-R-us, is known nationally for handling chemical waste from emergencies. You have local subsidiaries that handled routine medical waste from clinics. That waste is taken to a local incinerator, where your only legal obligation is to make sure it all burns and that the ash, which includes needles, is taken to the landfill. Medical waste is not considered hazardous waste (this relates to the political influence of doctors and clinics, most medical waste is indeed not that hazardous, but that is true of some things that are legally hazardous waste). Your company was called by the FBI. They have just finished investigating all the main federal building for anthrax. Anthrax spores were found at many locations, and cleaned with disinfectant. Now, at each federal building there is a large dumpster filled with the uniforms (usually Level C, PPE) that the investigators wore, mops, sponges, and such. The FBI wants your company to get rid of the dumpsters and, because of the public's "heightened awareness," treated as "hazardous waste." For your discussion, you are all key Stench-R-us managers, discuss the main administrative and transportation issues (Chapter 9 and 10) combined with other issues from earlier chapters, assuming you have to transport this stuff to a hazardous waste incinerator. I'm not really looking for you to come up with definite answers, so much as a list of questions that you will need to answer.

d.) Message to the Instructor. Mention one thing you found interesting or something you did not know before, and one thing you found foggy or incomplete. Extra credit for pointing out typo's or glitches in the material to the instructor.

e.) Comments about the course. At the end of the course you will get an IAS survey, an electronic version of the standard UAF course evaluation. At this time, however, I would like your comments about the electronic/distance delivery aspects of the course. Did you have any problems getting started? Was Blackboard kind to you? Are the quizzes OK (except that the instructor sometimes asks bad questions)? Are the discussions meaningful? How might I change the course to make it better? Would you recommend this course to other students? Other courses you would like to see "on line?" And so on. I appreciate any constructive criticism. Try to write at least a brief paragraph - more if you like.

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