For Immediate Release
May 30, 2012
K. Allen Brooks, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Commissioner Thomas S. Burack of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services ("DES") announce that the Merrimack County Superior Court (Smukler, J.) has approved a settlement between the State and Capital Regional Health Care Corporation a.k.a. Concord Hospital, Inc. ("Concord Hospital") resolving allegations of hazardous waste violations.
The State alleged that Concord Hospital failed to identify certain pharmaceutical wastes as hazardous wastes. Concord Hospital shipped the hazardous waste pharmaceuticals to facilities that were not authorized to accept the wastes. There are 30 pharmaceuticals that are specifically listed as hazardous waste and numerous other pharmaceuticals that are considered hazardous waste due to their characteristics (i.e., ignitable, corrosive, reactive or toxic). Hazardous wastes cannot be properly managed to prevent exposure if they are not identified by the generator at the point of generation. These violations, as well as Concord Hospital's failure to identify hazardous waste alcohols, solvents, used oil for recycling, and follow certain hazardous waste management requirements were discovered during a DES inspection.
The allegations against Concord Hospital do not pertain to infectious waste, what are commonly labeled "biohazards," such as expended needles. Concord Hospital quickly corrected the problems once identified by DES and was cooperative throughout the investigation.
Under the terms of the settlement, Concord Hospital will be assessed a total penalty of $205,000. Of the total civil penalty, $50,000 shall be credited to Concord Hospital if it provides free State-approved training related to the management of pharmaceutical wastes to New Hampshire-based healthcare facilities. The remaining $155,000 shall be paid to the State over the course of the next several months.
Copies of the settlement agreement between the State and Concord Hospital are available upon request.
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