New Jersey does its thing for illegal medical waste dumping

By: May 11th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Here’s a “Jersey thing” that shouldn’t be limited to just the Garden State.

A bill that would suspend the license of a doctor who illegally dumps medical waste has unanimously passed the New Jersey Assembly, reports the The Star-Ledger, May 9.

This situation results from the case of Thomas McFarland, a Pennsylvania dentist, who disposed of medical waste from his practice off the Cape May County coast, according to the report. Click here for more on the history of the incident.

Prior to this bill, a doctor could take the chance that any environmental protection fine would be cheaper than sustained proper waste disposal, explains the bill’s sponsors. Now the loss of of a license changes the risk-reward equation.

Bill A-861 would allow for the license suspension of any healthcare professional, medical waste facility, generator, or transporter that violates the state’s regulated medical waste anti-dumping laws. This would be in addition to current state penalties of up to $200,000 and up to 20 years in prison, reports the The Star-Ledger.

Is New Jersey on the right track here? Let us know in the comment section below.

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By Justine Larado on May 11th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Living in NJ and seeing the mess illegal dumping of medical waste as caused, this shuld be a great way to deter this behavior. It is the cost of doing business.

 

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