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US Veterans Administration Healthcare System

Boston, MA: In a settlement with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Veterans Administration Healthcare System has committed to implement a comprehensive hazardous waste and chemicals management inventory system at all Veterans Administration facilities in New England. The Veterans Administration is developing the system to settle a 2005 EPA enforcement action for hazardous waste violations at its medical center in White River Junction; VT. The system will incorporate hazardous waste pollution reduction measures into a comprehensive software system that tracks chemical purchase, use, storage and disposal. The hazardous waste management tracking system will be piloted in all Veterans Administration hospitals in New England. If successful, the waste management system could be usefully applied to other private and public hospitals across the country. Establishing the comprehensive waste management system will cost at least $500,000. Under the settlement, the Veterans Administration will also pay a cash penalty of $49,748. (Jan-24-07) [MEDIA NEWSWIRE: WASTE VIOLATIONS]


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Published on Feb-7-07


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