The Virginia Waste Management Board approved the recommendation of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to amend the regulated medical waste (RMW) management regulations in order to modernize, streamline and enhance the general handling and treatment of RMW across the state.
According to the board, the proposed changes would create a more cohesive and technically modern regulation to manage various types of medical wastes. The proposed changes include:
- Streamlining the permitting structure to include a single permit-by-rule application for all types of permittees.
- Clarifying the responsibilities of generators, transporters and permitted treatment facilities.
- Requiring best management practices for medical wastes, including highly infectious medical wastes.
In addition to the work completed through the Regulatory Advisory Panel and comments received through the Notice of Intended Regulatory Action, the board seeks public comments on the technical merits, associated costs and potential impacts of the regulatory proposal. The 60-day public comment period will be announced via the Virginia Town Hall after completion of the executive review process.