A doctor could lose his license if he dumps medical waste in the ocean. Legislation sponsored locally by Assemblymen Nelson Albano and Matt Milam to strip licenses from medical professionals and medical waste handling companies found guilty of violating the state’s medical waste anti-dumping laws was unanimously approved by the full Assembly.
The sponsors said they 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.
The legislation now awaits consideration in the Senate