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THE MANAGEMENT AND COST OF LABORATORY WASTE ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH: Report of a Workshop TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction 1 Issue 1: What are the special needs and characteristics of research laboratories, as opposed to other waste producers? 2 Issue 2: What regulatory constraints are faced by laboratories--particularly with regard to waste storage, waste minimization, on-site waste treatment, and mixed-waste disposal? How do federal, state, and local regulations overlap, and how do these jurisdictions coordinate with each other, if at all? 4 Issue 3: What are the costs of waste management, and what are the best mechanisms for managing these costs? How are these costs allocated within research institutions? 5 Issue 4: What changes could be made in the conduct of research or the training of research personnel to improve management of mixed, chemical, radioactive, and biohazardous waste? 6 Issue 5: What possible regulatory or legislative policy mechanisms could be used to alleviate the regulatory constraints faced by laboratories (e.g., emphasize best practice under existing regulations, establish waivers within existing regulations, modify regulations)? 7 Issue 6: What are the appropriate mechanisms for considering the problems and possible policies and practices in response to them? Is the Roundtable the appropriate mechanism? If so, what approach should it use? If not, what other entities might be more appropriate? 10 Conclusions 12 Appendix I: Workshop Participants 13 Appendix II: Workshop Agenda 15