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Region 2

Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations.

Common Violations and Problems Found at Hospitals

Air Violations/Issues

  • Failure to use properly trained and accredited asbestos personnel
  • Failure to notify EPA of asbestos removal projects and to keep required documentation/record keeping.
  • Failure to properly dispose of asbestos debris.
  • Failure to close lids on parts washers when not in use.
  • Failure to include spray paint booths and parts degreasers in air permit.

Hazardous Waste Violations/Issues

  • Improper or lack of hazardous waste (HW) labeling.
  • No or infrequent weekly inspections of HW storage/satellite areas.
  • Open containers of HW.
  • Improper disposal of chemotherapy drugs.
  • Failure to perform or improper HW determinations.
  • No or inadequate HW manifests.
  • Throwing HW down the drain.
  • Improper management of expired pharmaceuticals, paints, etc.
  • Lack of contingency plan.
  • Lack of or inadequate training of employees in HW management.
  • Failure to ensure that HW meets Land Disposal Restrictions.
  • Failure to upgrade or close underground storage tanks (USTs) by 12/22/98.
  • Malfunctioning leak detection systems on USTs.
  • Improper consolidation of wastes from nearby facilities.

Residential Lead Paint Violations/Issues

  • Failure to notify residents of lead paint in building or lack of knowledge of any lead hazard.
  • Failure to provide EPA's pamphlet, "Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home."

Water Violations/Issues

  • No permit for or noncompliance with wastewater discharges.
  • No or inadequate secondary containment of storage tanks.
  • Improper disposal down floor drains.
  • No Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure plan.


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