BOSTON (MassDEP) – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed a $10,000 penalty and entered into an agreement with Wing Memorial Hospital of Palmer to address air quality and hazardous waste violations.
A MassDEP inspection conducted at the hospital, together with a review of hospital records, revealed that Wing Memorial was offering pharmaceutical hazardous waste to an unlicensed hazardous waste transporter and was accumulating hazardous waste over the allowed time limit for its Small Quantity Generator status. The inspection also found air quality record-keeping violations, as well as hazardous waste record-keeping, storage and labeling violations. Wing Memorial, which fully cooperated with MassDEP during the investigation, initiated corrective actions to address the noncompliance issues at its facility immediately after the inspection.
As part of the consent agreement, Wing Memorial will pay $6,000 of the penalty; MassDEP has agreed to suspend $4,000 providing Wing Memorial remains in compliance with regulatory requirements.
“Certain medications destined for disposal are considered hazardous waste and must be managed in accordance with the Massachusetts hazardous waste regulations,” said Michael Gorski, director of MassDEP’s Western Regional Office in Springfield. “We are pleased that the hospital immediately took action to comply with management and record-keeping requirements.”
MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.