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Law passed to save Jersey Shore

Don’t get excited, or in an uproar for that matter; the headline does not protect MTV’s reality show of the same name [1] from cancellation. It refers to New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine’s signing into law a measure to toughen the financial penalties against illegal ocean dumping.

The law was prompted by the situation where several South Jersey beaches were closed during the 2008 Labor Day weekend when regulated medical waste (RMW) from a dental practice washed ashore. See: “Putting a lid on medical waste violations.” [2]

Philadelphia-area dentist Thomas McFarland, 60, is charged with dumping that medical waste and is awaiting trail this April. If convicted McFarland could face up to 10 years in state prison, according to philly.com [3].

That sentence probably will probably outlive the run of the reality show.

To assess your facility’s compliance with RMW laws, download the Regulated Medical Waste Disposal Checklist from the Tools page. [4]