New Jersey legislator pushes medical waste legislation

A New Jersey legislator pushes medical waste legislation after syringes washed up on Island Beach State Park earlier this month.

By Healthcare Facilities Today
August 19, 2013

Congressman Frank Pallone pushes medical waste legislation after syringes washed up on a New Jersey beach earlier this month, according to

Pallone (D-6th) introduced the Medical Waste Management Act of 2013 to crack down on ocean polluters after syringes were found in Island Beach State Park.

"Medical waste dumping is a critical problem that needs a nationwide solution," Pallone said in a press release. "My legislation will ensure consistency and clarity within the law so we can put an end to interstate dumping."

The Medical Waste Management Act calls for a tracking system that will hold medical waste generators accountable, giving enforcement agencies greater authority to take swift action investigating and prosecuting those who improperly dispose of medical waste.

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