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

? 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.