New regulations issued for medical waste incinerators
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
has established new emission regulations that will affect
most existing hospital, medical and infectious waste
The EPA released its new guidelines that strengthen existing
emission limits for all regulated pollutants emitted
by the facilities.
The rule contains a MACT “floor”, or a minimum level
of stringency, that the facilities must achieve.
The rule requires additional stack testing for existing
and new sources; imposes additional monitoring requirements
for new sources; requires annual inspections of emission
controls and a one-time visible emissions test of ash-handling
operations; lays out procedures for test data submittal;
and revises waste-management plan provisions.