For Immediate Release
August 30, 2013
Evan J. Mulholland, Assistant Attorney General
Attorney General Joseph A. Foster and Commissioner Thomas S. Burack of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services ("DES") announce that the Hillsborough County Superior Court, Northern District, (Mangones, J.) has approved a settlement between the State and Catholic Medical Center resolving allegations of hazardous waste violations.
The State alleged that Catholic Medical Center failed to identify certain pharmaceutical wastes as hazardous wastes and that it shipped them to facilities that were not authorized to accept hazardous wastes.
Under state and federal regulations, 30 pharmaceuticals are specifically listed as hazardous waste and there are numerous other pharmaceuticals that are considered hazardous waste due to their characteristics. State law requires that hazardous waste be handled and disposed of in accordance with the State's Hazardous Waste Rules, in order to prevent harm to human health or the environment.
During the course of an inspection in October 2010, DES learned of Catholic Medical Center's past practice of shipping certain pharmaceutical hazardous wastes to unauthorized facilities. Catholic Medical Center had self-corrected this violation as of January 2010. During the 2010 inspection, DES also discovered that Catholic Medical Center was improperly handling two other types of hazardous waste, and was failing to follow certain hazardous waste management requirements at the hospital. Catholic Medical Center quickly corrected all the remaining violations once identified by DES and was cooperative throughout the investigation.
The allegations against Catholic Medical Center do not pertain to infectious waste, such as used needles.
Under the terms of the settlement, Catholic Medical Center will be assessed a total penalty of $205,000.
Copies of the court-approved consent decree are available upon request.
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