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ERIC Number: ED309804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Hazardous Waste Management: A View to the New Century, 2001.
Burton, Gwen
Like many parts of the United States, Colorado is facing a significant hazardous waste problem. Radioactive and chemical wastes generated by the Rocky Flats Nuclear Plant, the toxic Lowry Land Fill Site, industrial dumps, and heavy land and air traffic contribute to water, land, and air pollution in the state. As part of a statewide response combining environmental remediation programs with the creation of new jobs, Front Range Community College has developed a Hazardous Material Technology Program to educate workers, supervisors, and managers in this field. From the first press conference to the beginning of the program in August 1988, the college drew inquiries from more than 500 students and companies. The program's first 103 students comprised a diverse group, including firefighters, police officers, geologists, geophysicists, chemists, biologists, computer experts, nurses, and consultants. The program includes an Associate of Science degree program for college transfer students, a certificate program for those who only need specialized training, a Cooperative Education internship for job experience and entry, and one-week courses in Environmental Health and Safety for the protection of those working with hazardous materials. The one-week courses have proved especially successful, training over 100 students during the first summer session and generating enough funds to purchase the equipment which initially had been borrowed. The long-range goals of the program are to: (1) provide a model curriculum for other community colleges and universities; (2) provide information to small businesses that generate hazardous wastes about appropriate recycling and legal and safe disposal methods; and (3) promote a national awareness of the environmental issues and regulations related to the production, treatment, recycling, and disposal of hazardous materials and wastes. (JMC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A