The Methods Information Communication Exchange (MICE) Service provides a valuable and immediate means of public outreach and education. The service:
- Provides timely answers to method-related questions and takes comments on technical issues regarding the EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR) methods manual known as Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste: Physical/Chemical Methods (SW-846),
- Acts as an effective means to directly educate the public regarding inherent SW-846 method flexibility and to clarify whether a method is required by a RCRA regulation, and
- Documents existing issues or misconceptions regarding SW-846 methods, and thus serves as a first step in resolution of some problems.
- Who is the MICE Service?
- How does the MICE Service Work?
- How to Contact the MICE Service
- Frequent Questions
- Send an e-mail to MICE
MICE was created by the Methods Team and
is operated by the Team's contractor, TechLaw, Inc. Chemists, sampling experts, and environmentalists
that are knowledgeable in SW-846 procedures are directly available through
the service to those involved in RCRA-related monitoring.
If a person requesting information through the MICE Service brings up a topic that is outside the scope of the service, the contractor will refer the caller to the appropriate Agency personnel.
Persons interested in contacting the MICE Service by telephone may call
a voice-mail answering service that is available 24-hours a day, 7-days
a week. The caller can listen to several recorded messages on common SW-846
topics and leave a message containing a question or comment. Some of the
common topics include:
- Where to order copies of SW-846.
- The status of SW-846 Updates I, II, IIA, IIB, IIIA, IIB, IVA and IVB.
- Where to find information on sample holding times, preservation, and storage in SW-846.
- The availability of SW-846 methods under development and other EPA methods.
- Information on RCRA characteristics testing.
- Solid waste sampling.
Questions and comments also can be submitted to the MICE Service via telefacsimile (fax) or e-mail. The messages are retrieved each work day, and after any necessary research, the MICE Service responds. Comments received on methods are recorded, sorted, and entered into a database for future Agency use.
- Phone: 703 818-3238
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a quick answer to your question, please visit the RCRA FAQs Database.
Please include the following in your voice-mail, fax, or E-mail message:
- Affiliation, or place of work.
- Telephone number, including the area code, even when contacting the MICE Service by fax or e-mail.
- Fax number, if sending a fax.
- E-mail address, if sending e-mail. To be certain, please include your e-mail address in the body of the message, even if your e-mail software adds it to the message "from" line.
- Your question or comments for the MICE Service. If the question pertains to a particular method, be sure to include the method number in the message. When contacting the MICE Service by fax or e-mail, please include as much detail as possible if you want a response by fax or e-mail.