Will The New EPA Rule Improve Hospital Air Quality?

Law360, New York (January 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a new rule on Dec. 28, 2007, which applies to hospitals with ethylene oxide sterilization facilities. 72 FR 73611.

Under the federal Clean Air Act, ethylene oxide is considered a "hazardous air pollutant."

EPA estimates that approximately 1,600 to 1,900 of the nation's 5,800 hospitals use ethylene oxide gas to sterilize medical items.

EPA's new HAP rule requires these hospitals to comply with a management practice standard, to submit an initial notification and to maintain certain records.

Hospitals with existing...
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