[Pharmwaste] Re: Pharmwaste Digest, Vol 45, Issue 14

Brian Stenz brian at returnlogistics.com
Thu Jul 30 18:58:40 EDT 2009


Here's a link to information regarding who has to obtain a Title V  
Permit from the EPA:

http://www.epa.gov/oar/oaqps/permits/obtain.html

Most energy from waste facilities, like the ones managed by  
Wheelabrator and Covanta, carefully review the amount of sulfide,  
sodium, chloride, iodine etc. present in nonhazardous rx waste and  
regulate the feed rate in order to control harmful gas emissions. The  
same with hazardous incinerators like Clean Harbors, Veolia, Heritage- 
WTI and Ross Environmental.

The use of a small mobile incinerator, if it were permitted to  
operate, would more than likely require a tremendous amount of  
propane to burn off the particulate and gases emitted from the  
combustion of drugs. I suspect it would make the cost of operation  
more expensive than sending to a commercial facility where the drugs  
could be converted to electricity.

As soon as the DEA and EPA make their changes to the regs, things  
will be easier, more economical and environmentally friendlier.

Brian Stenz
561-573-5538 cell
www.returnlogistics.com






On Jul 30, 2009, at 5:38 PM, pharmwaste-request at lists.dep.state.fl.us  
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>       pills on street (Gressitt, Stevan)
>    4. NACo adopts resolution on producer responsibility for
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> From: Catherine Zimmer <zimme053 at umn.edu>
> Date: July 30, 2009 9:42:29 AM EDT
> To: "Holcomb, Sarah, NMENV" <sarah.holcomb at state.nm.us>
> Cc: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
> Subject: Re: [Pharmwaste] Air quality?
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> Hi Sarah,
> I think you need to specifically ask some incinerators what their  
> emissions look like when they incinerate pharmaceuticals.  I would  
> specifically look at municipal incinerators, because their data is  
> freely available.  Or if you have local incinerators that report to  
> the state, that data would be available, too.  I would also check  
> the info on Healthcare without Harm's website, www.noharm.org/us/ 
> medicalWaste/localIncineration.  Its important to know the  
> detriments associated with incineration.
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> Holcomb, Sarah, NMENV wrote:
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>> Does anyone know of any studies that have been done in relation to  
>> how the incineration of pharmaceuticals affects air quality?   
>> We’re looking at the option of a portable incinerator here in NM  
>> and I’m in the throes of putting together a briefing paper for our  
>> department secretary before he meets with the Board of Pharmacy  
>> and the Attorney General. I would think that as long as only the  
>> pills/liquids are incinerated, and that we’re in compliance with  
>> RCRA, there shouldn’t be much of a problem, however, any info  
>> would really be appreciated.
>>
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> From: "Rudy Vingris" <rvingris at woh.rr.com>
> Date: July 30, 2009 10:30:49 AM EDT
> To: <pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us>
> Subject: [Pharmwaste] RE: Air Quality?   Pharmwaste Digest, Vol 45,  
> Issue 13
>
>
> I am writing in response to Sarah Holcomb's question about studies  
> of air
> quality from the incineration of pharmaceuticals.  I don't know of any
> specific studies but I would like to provide the following thoughts  
> on your
> comments of compliance with RCRA.
>
> If the envisioned incinerator is going to be used to incinerate any  
> RCRA
> hazardous waste pharmaceutical, it will need to meet all the  
> requirements
> for TSDF and hazardous waste incinerators found in 40 CFR. 261.   
> These are
> extensive and complex requirements.  I do not believe that the cost to
> comply with these regulations could be justified in a small scale  
> project to
> incinerate a small amount of RCRA pharmaceutical waste.  In  
> addition to RCRA
> the incinerator would also have to meet Air Pollution regulations  
> (most
> likely a Title V permit) to burn any type of waste.
>
> I think it would be much more cost effective to make use of existing
> commercial capacity to destroy these wastes.
>
> Rudy Vingris
> Consultant
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> From: "Gressitt, Stevan" <Stevan.Gressitt at maine.gov>
> Date: July 30, 2009 2:28:43 PM EDT
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> Subject: [Pharmwaste] Owner of Northfield drug disposal service  
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> Subject: [Pharmwaste] NACo adopts resolution on producer  
> responsibility for unwanted medicines
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> NACo adopts resolution on producer responsibility for unwanted  
> medicines
>
>
> NASHVILLE, TN, July 29, 2009 -- The National Association of  
> Counties (NACo), the country's largest local government  
> organization, yesterday unanimously adopted a policy supporting  
> producer responsibility for unwanted medicines.
>
> >> View the resolution [.pdf]
>
> The expense of taking back unused prescription and over-the-counter  
> drugs would be handled by the pharmaceutical industry, without  
> relying on state or local government funding.
>
> There are examples of successful take back programs in the U.S and  
> Canada that benefit the health both of the environment and the  
> population," said Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt of Ramsey County,  
> Minnesota, who introduced the proposal along with three council  
> members from Washington State. "NACo's adopting a product  
> stewardship policy for the pharmaceutical industry is a great step  
> forward."
>
> The council members from Washington were Dave Somers from Snohomish  
> County and Dow Constantine and Julia Patterson from King County.
>
> According to the resolution, the environmental and social problems  
> created by the storing and disposing of unwanted medicines are  
> numerous and complex. Leftover medicine may play a part in drug  
> abuse and accidental poisonings. Disposing of these medicines by  
> flushing or trash disposal contributes to ground and surface water  
> contamination.
>
> Athens, Georgia-based Product Policy Institute (PPI) helped develop  
> Tuesday's resolution on unwanted medicines. The non-profit  
> institute works with local governments to advance comprehensive  
> state policies focused on producer responsibility. Reinhardt is a  
> PPI board member.
>
> Last week, NACo attendees heard a presentation from PPI executive  
> director Dr. Bill Sheehan on a successful program in British  
> Columbia that makes brand-owners of pharmaceutical products sold  
> there responsible for the safe management of unused medicines. Over  
> 93 percent of licensed pharmacies in this province of 4.4 million  
> people collect unused medications, with no fees to consumers, and  
> turn them over to producers.
>
> "The cost of this program in 2008 was a mere $315,000, which was  
> shared by pharmaceutical companies," said Sheehan. "Like Europe and  
> Canada, the U.S. can develop programs to cover the costs of  
> collecting, transporting and disposing of these medicines. It's  
> imperative we do so."
>
> Commissioner Reinhardt has written and introduced four previous  
> NACo resolutions on product stewardship that were readopted this  
> year, including ones advocating producer responsibility for paint,  
> electronics, and mercury-containing lamps.
>
> The fourth resolution supports a framework approach to Extended  
> Producer Responsibility. This system makes manufacturers primarily  
> responsible for the life cycle impacts of their products.
>
> The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national  
> organization that represents county governments in the United  
> States. Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the  
> nation's 3,066 counties. NACo advances issues with a unified voice  
> before the federal government, improves the public's understanding  
> of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing  
> innovative solutions through education and research, and provides  
> value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. NACo's  
> membership totals more than 2,000 counties, representing over 80  
> percent of the nation's population.
>
> The Product Policy Institute (PPI) is a North American non- 
> partisan, non-profit research, communication and educational  
> organization promoting policies that advance sustainable  
> production, consumption and good governance. Founded in 2003, PPI  
> works with communities and their local governments to advocate for  
> public policies that protect public health and safety and address  
> climate change by encouraging waste prevention and clean  
> production. PPI helped local governments establish Product  
> Stewardship Councils in California, New York, Vermont and Texas and  
> is currently working in other states.
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> _____________________________
> Sierra E. Fletcher
> Associate – Policy and Programs
> Product Stewardship Institute, Inc.
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