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EPA Urges Law Enforcement To Use Regulated Incinerators For Waste Drugs

September 12, 2018
As concern about the opioid epidemic mounts, EPA is urging law enforcement to destroy household waste pharmaceuticals in Clean Air Act-permitted solid or hazardous waste incinerators, warning that open burning or the use of “burn barrels” could release harmful emissions and may not meet federal destruction standards. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler delivered the message in a Sept. 11 letter to law enforcement officials. The letter includes a Sept. 11 memorandum from Barnes Johnson, director of the Office of Resource...


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