Articles about Medical Waste

Medical Waste Case Arrives In Court Today

By PATRICK LEE PLAISANCE Daily Press April 30, 1999

Nearly three months after Gov. Jim Gilmore posed for the cameras with rub toms. com ber gloves and incriminating bags of hospital trash, state prosecutors are scheduled to make their case this morning that Waste Management should be punished for illegally dumping medical waste into a Charles City County landfill. The waste disposal giant faces fines of up to $525,000 for what state inspectors have said was an illegal shipment of New York trash intercepted Feb. 10 that included plastic tubing, syringes and sheets with blood on them and other material with “biohazard” labels. Marines killed 24 civilians in 2005. But if a doctor professor from Tennessee, a Georgia cattle rancher turned Marine officer and a Navy engineer from Los Angeles are successful, Haditha also may be remembered as the site of one of the largest hospital renovation projects in Iraq funded by the United States. Navy Capt. John Nadeau, Marine Maj. Kevin Jarrard and Navy Lt. Cmdr. James Lee have made it their personal goal to see that the dilapidated Haditha hospital, the only such facility for a region of 150,000 people, is repaired and expanded.

Experts Say Virginia’s Rules On Medical Waste Too Tight

By HUGH LESSIG Daily Press August 19, 1999

Medical waste: The very term conjures up ugly images of bloodstained gauze and used hypodermic needles accidents waiting to happen. But two medical experts told state lawmakers Wednesday that Virginia is over regulating its medical waste “ridiculous beyond belief” in some cases and it should re examine its regulations in the name of common sense. Dr. Barry Farr is an epidemiologist with the University of Virginia. “There is no published evidence in the scientific literature,” he said, “that a member of the public or a waste industry employee has ever acquired an infection from medical waste.”Public Hearing On Shipments Of Trash Draws A Vocal Few

By HUGH LESSIG Daily Press October 20, 2000

Only a handful of people attended a public hearing Wednesday to comment on how the state should control barge shipments of trash and medical waste. But they saw things that they didn’t like about the proposed regulations. Chief among them: How the state will determine whether a trash container on a barge is “watertight”? The regulations say a container will be deemed watertight if it is filled with up to 24 inches of water for 15 minutes and shows no exterior leaks. Williamsburg resident Jack Schmidt said that didn’t pass his common sense test.

A Circuit Court judge ordered trash giant Waste Management Inc. Tuesday to keep other states’ medical waste out of Virginia, calling the waste, like that found at the Charles City County landfill last week, a “serious risk” to public health. Jim Gilmore seized on the discovery Wednesday of a truck dumping New York City medical waste in a Charles City County landfill to attack Waste Manage ment Inc., which could face fines of up to $500,000. ille gally dumped in a landfill, a circuit judge approved a temporary injunction that could subject the trash disposal giant to new penalties if it ships any more medical waste into Virginia.