EPA Seeks Input on Drug Flushing Ban

Paul Barr
November 18, 2015
Hospitals & Health Networks

That’s the message behind a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that would ban health care facilities from disposing of hazardous pharmaceuticals by flushing them.
 
It might have surprised some people that the EPA allows it all, but for those hospitals and other health care facilities currently using the disposal method, significant changes may be required if the rule is enacted.
 
The EPA estimates that the proposal is projected to prevent the flushing of more than 6,400 tons of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals annually.
 
The rule would fall under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and is open for comment from the public until Dec. 24.