River-dumped medical waste costs facility big bucks

OSHA Healthcare Connection, February 17, 2009

A Michigan nursing care facility agreed to pay $13,000 in civil penalties for its part in polluting Shiawassee River with 'more than 90 sharps containers filled with syringes, medical vials, residual narcotics and other hazardous materials" in 2007, reported the Argus Press (Owosso), February 6.

No specific individuals from the Howell Care Center have been implicated in the illegal dumping, but the fine imposed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality was for improper storage of the waste in an unlocked location, according to Press.

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