Pennsylvania DEP fines medical waste
The Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) has assessed a $5,000 penalty
against an out-of-state company that
processes and transports infectious
medical waste after inspectors discovered
violations of Pennsylvania’s Solid
Waste Management Act.
Medical Waste Recovery, Inc. is a
Delaware company with a Denville,
New Jersey mailing address that holds
a permit to operate in Pennsylvania.
The company’s medical waste processing
system was operating at the Sharon
Regional Health System facility in
August 2008 when DEP inspectors followed
up on an odor complaint and discovered
DEP conducted a follow up inspection
when it was operating at Jameson
Memorial Hospital in New Castle.
The previous violations had been
corrected, but another violation
DEP sent notices of violation to
Medical Waste Recovery, Inc. and
the violations have been corrected.
The violations included:
•Failure to post warning signs regarding
the type of waste being processed.
•Lack of emergency alternative storage
and processing plan.
•Absence of continuous differential
pressure meter to monitor and record
processor air pressure drops.
•Absence of individual employee training
•Failure to maintain Ph monitoring
•Lack of previous approval for off-site
infectious waste generators.
The $5,000 penalty payment has been
deposited into Pennsylvania’s Solid
Waste Abatement Fund, which finances
cleanups of illegal dumps and other
hazards to public health.