Archive for Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kansas VA hospitals agree to pay fine over improper hazardous waste management

August 19, 2009


— Two Kansas veteran hospitals have settled alleged hazardous waste law violations by paying a penalty and agreeing to implement better waste management programs.

The agreement filed Wednesday resolves pharmaceutical and hazardous waste law violations cited during 2006 inspections of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Veteran’s Medical Center in Leavenworth and the Colmery O’Neil Veteran’s Medical Center in Topeka.

Some of the violations include failure to perform proper hazardous waste determinations and failure to conduct weekly inspections of areas storing large quantities of acute hazardous waste.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Kansas Health System will pay a civil penalty of just more than $51,000 and spend at least $482,000 on waste management programs.


lounger 8 years, 3 months ago

This is a state/fed run agency! Its so ridiculous to see either branch NOT doing their job. This is a huge problem with Hospitals everywhere-burning hospital waste and being able to get away with basically polluting our skies. When does our local government start working for us as far as environmental Issues? We continually rank 50th in water quality amongst the states. Maybe the feds should raid the Kansas capital to get things moving!

timetospeakup 8 years, 3 months ago

lounger - cite a source that ranks kansas as having the worst water quality in the country.

KS 8 years, 3 months ago

Okay, let's see if I get this straignt. A Federal Agency is fining another Federal Agency for EPA violations? Is this anything like taking money out of the left pocket and putting it into the right pocket? How much does this transfer on money cost us taxpayers? Good grief, just tell them to clean it up and be done with it.

leavenworthkid 8 years, 3 months ago

This VA has a reputation for this of this nature, if you are a veteran I would think twice about care here. There are physicians that have been cencured that still practice here. As for dumping medications the CMOP in Leavenworth was dumping medications into the dumpsters that still had patient names, SSN and other data.

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