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Colleges and universities are like small cities, and perform many of the same functions, from operating research laboratories and power plants, to disposing of trash and waste, and supplying drinking water. As a result, colleges and universities are subject to a long list of environmental laws, regulating disposal of chemicals and waste, abatement of asbestos, monitoring of emissions, use of pesticides, and countless other activities. The EPA regularly inspects and audits college and university campuses for compliance with many of these regulations, and noncompliance can be costly, so campus officials would be well served by having a centralized environmental compliance program.

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