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Ensure compliance with EPA rule: Ban all sewering of hazardous waste drugs


August 22, 2019

By A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

The August 21 ban on the sewering of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals is the first deadline set out in new regulations published by the EPA in February that sets up a new category, Subpart P, under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Review and update your policies on the disposal of pharmaceuticals to prohibit the flushing of any drugs into the sewers. Experts say that may be the best way to ensure compliance with the new EPA regulation. In addition, it will help ease requirements on front-line staffers who will no longer have to keep track of what they can and can’t flush down the drain.

And it may even help you stay on the good side of federal regulators who are encouraging the no-sewering of any drug as a best practice to protect water resources.

The ban is the only part of the rule that goes into effect at all healthcare facilities across the United States and its territories, without exception. That’s because the EPA is declaring the ban under the authority set out by the federal Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA).

Other parts of the