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Academic Laboratory Rule

The academic laboratory rule outlined in Chapter 173-303-235 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) provides alternative requirements for academic laboratories choosing to be regulated by the rule.

Participation is limited to certain academic laboratories. The labs that are eligible are college or universities, teaching hospitals that are owned by or have a formal written agreement with a college or university, or non-profit institutes that are owned by or have a formal written agreement with a college or university.

There are several requirements that labs must meet to be in compliance with the rule. This webpage is intended to assist labs with the reporting requirements of the rule. Please refer to WAC 173-303 to learn more about all of the requirements for compliance.

Notification Process

  • Labs that choose to participate in the rule are required to notify Ecology.
  • Labs will notify Ecology by submitting a Dangerous Waste Site Identification Form that indicates that they wish to participate.
  • The Dangerous Waste Site ID form must be filled out completely per the form’s instructions.
  • Mark the appropriate boxes in Section 10D indicating that you wish to participate and the type or types of eligible academic laboratory that will be participating.
  • Labs that do not have an active RCRA Site ID or do not use TurboWaste.Net to report will be required to sign the completed document and send the original to Ecology.
  • If your site does not have a RCRA Site ID number, one will be issued.
  • Labs using TurboWaste.Net will be able to notify using the electronic submittal system.

Withdrawal Process

  • Labs that choose to participate in the rule are required to notify Ecology.
  • Labs will notify Ecology by submitting a Dangerous Waste Site Identification Form that indicates that they wish to withdraw by marking the withdraw box in Section 10D.
  • The Dangerous Waste Site ID form must be filled out completely per the form’s instructions.
  • Labs that do not use TurboWaste.Net to report will be required to sign the completed document and send the original to Ecology.
  • If your site does not have a RCRA Site ID number, one will be issued.
  • Labs using TurboWaste.Net will be able to notify using the electronic submittal system.

Reporting Process

All labs that participate in this rule are required to report annually. Section 10D must be filled out as part of the Site Identification form for each report.

Small Quantity Generators (SQG) that do not exceed the 220 pound limit are required to file a completed Site ID form including section 10D and the waste codes associated with the waste generated.

If a SQG exceeds the 220 or the 2.2 quantity exclusion limits because of materials being disposed of as part of the laboratory clean-out, the SQG is required to:

  • Report all waste generated in the month that the laboratory clean-out occurred.
  • Make sure that all waste for the time period is manifested on a Uniformed Hazardous Waste Manifest. This includes dangerous waste that is generated as part of normal daily operations.
  • Report waste on the Generation and Management form.
  • Use the source code G-17 to report waste generated from the laboratory clean-out.

Medium and Large Quantity Generators are required to report the waste activities as they have in the past with two exceptions. Section 10D of the Site ID form must be filled out and the source code G-17 will be used for any waste generated as part of the laboratory clean-out.