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Virginia regulators fine facility for waste violations

June 27, 2019 GMT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Virginia environmental regulators say a Roanoke facility was improperly storing medical waste such as vials and needles, allowing some of it to pool on concrete floors.

The Roanoke Times reports Curtis Bay Medical Waste Services Virginia said they’ll pay a $136,850 fine from a citation by the Department of Environmental Quality.

Inspectors reported in May they saw drains that weren’t working, causing water to back up onto the floor with untreated medical waste “in the standing liquid.”

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Environmental quality officials said they were concerned for some employees who had contact with it and may not have been wearing adequate protective gear.

The newspaper says the order didn’t say there was environmental or public risk.

Curtis Bay reported the violations were corrected and it’s stopped waste treatment at that facility.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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