Medical Waste Tracking Act

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Medical Waste Tracking Act

  1. 2. Medical Waste Tracking Act Why was it passed? Why did it fail? © 2009 All Right Reserved - http://www.TheWestVirginiaLawFirm.com
  2. 3. Why? <ul><li>In June 1988 vials of blood from medical testing were washed up on New Jersey beaches.
  3. 4. By August vials were found from the Great Lakes to Florida
  4. 5. By November the Act was passed and became law </li></ul>© 2009 All Right Reserved - http://www.TheWestVirginiaLawFirm.com
  5. 6. What happened? - I <ul><li>In 1989 the EPA (Environmental Tracking Agency) issued rules defining the tracking
  6. 7. Connecticut, New York and New Jersey had to participate </li></ul>© 2009 All Right Reserved - http://www.TheWestVirginiaLawFirm.com
  7. 8. What happened? - II <ul><li>Rhode Island and Puerto Rico volunteered to participate
  8. 9. Great Lakes and East Cost States did not </li></ul>© 2009 All Right Reserved - http://www.TheWestVirginiaLawFirm.com
  9. 10. How did it progress? For two years participating States were to run the tracking and see if the situation improved © 2009 All Right Reserved - http://www.TheWestVirginiaLawFirm.com
  10. 11. Why did it fail? <ul><li>Too much overlap of local, State and Federal regulations that had no agreed standards.
  11. 12. No commitment to go beyond this trial stage.
  12. 13. After 2 years the hype had gone so there was no felt need to continue. </li></ul>© 2009 All Right Reserved - http://www.TheWestVirginiaLawFirm.com
  13. 14. What were the effects? <ul><li>Catastrophic decline of tourism in New York and New Jersey.
  14. 15. One medical lab was prosecuted for deliberately dumping vials of blood into the ocean. It went out of business. </li></ul>© 2009 All Right Reserved - http://www.TheWestVirginiaLawFirm.com
  15. 16. What can be learned? <ul><li>The media made this top of the agenda in a Presidential Election year. The problem is keeping it at the top of the agenda to get lasting change.
  16. 17. There are better ways to dealing with blood vials but getting the best incinerators is being opposed by local environmentalists. </li></ul>© 2009 All Right Reserved - http://www.TheWestVirginiaLawFirm.com

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