MEDICAL WASTE BILL GETS COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

albanoThe Assembly Regulated Professions Committee will consider legislation sponsored locally by Assemblyman Nelson Albano and Matt Milam to strip licenses from doctors who illegally dump medical waste.
The sponsors introduced the measure after several South Jersey beaches were forced to close before 2008 Labor Day weekend after illegally dumped medical waste washed ashore. As many as 225 syringes and other medical waste were found in Avalon – leading borough officials to close beaches four times. Syringes also washed ashore in Berkeley, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Brigantine and Upper Township.
Thomas McFarland, a Philadelphia dentist who owns a Jersey Shore summer home, was charged with intentionally dumping the waste that caused the Avalon closings. He received probation and was ordered to pay restitution.

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