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Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Settles Hazardous Waste Violations

Release Date: 05/01/2012
Contact Information: Donna Heron 215-814-5113 / heron.donna@epa.gov

PHILADELPHIA (May 1, 2012) -- Sentara Norfolk General Hospital has agreed to pay a $19,920 penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at its medical facility, located at 600 Gresham Drive in Norfolk, Va., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

EPA cited Sentara for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal law governing the proper treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.

Following an inspection by EPA and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, EPA alleges Sentara failed to properly label and date containers of chemical waste. These RCRA requirements are preventative and ensure that public health and the environment are protected from potential cleanup situations if an incident occurs.

The $19,920 settlement penalty reflects the company's compliance efforts, and its cooperation with EPA in the investigation and resolution of this matter. As part of the settlement, Sentara has neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations, but has certified its compliance with applicable RCRA requirements.

For more information about hazardous waste and RCRA, visit http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/index.htm.