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EPA Wins Battle for Regulating Medical Waste

The Washington D.C. Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency for standards of performance for new and future medical and hospital incinerators of infectious waste.

In 1997, the EPA was able to pass the “Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources and Emissions Guidelines for Existing Sources: Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerators.” There were subsequent successful challenges to that ruling, remanding it back to the EPA in 1999 for review.

Trade associations representing the waste-to-energy and medical waste industries challenged these new regulations in 2009.

The trade groups attempted to argue that regulations were based on flawed EPA approaches for setting target emission levels. The court decided in the EPA’s favor on June 24th.