EPA Tightens Regs For Medical Waste Incinerators

Law360, New York (September 17, 2009, 5:05 PM EDT) -- Updated regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will force operators of medical waste incinerators to cut emissions in order to reduce the amount of lead, mercury and pollutant gases released into the air each year.

The final revisions to the 1997 standards, issued Tuesday, will lower emissions of pollutants such as acid gases, nitrogen oxides and cadmium by roughly 390,000 pounds a year, the agency said Wednesday.

The changes will affect 50 of the 57 current incinerators for hospital, medical and infectious waste and cost...
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