FW: [Pharmwaste] Drug Terminator

Tenace, Laurie Laurie.Tenace at dep.state.fl.us
Tue Jun 19 08:12:04 EDT 2012

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From: Popichak, Robert [mailto:rpopichak at pa.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 7:18 AM
To: Terri Buckner; pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: RE: [Pharmwaste] Drug Terminator


        Let them swear all they want--you still need to do a Hazardous Waste Determination on the ash prior to disposal...and are responsible for proper disposal--hazardous or not!  See 40 CFR 261.3 and 261.4.

        Be very skeptical of such claims...the generator is the one who gets a fine or goes to jail!

Robert Popichak | Environmental Chemist
Department of Environmental Protection
Southwest Regional Office
400 Waterfront Drive | Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4745
Phone: 412.442.4160 | Fax: 412.442.4194 rpopichak at pa.gov www.depweb.state.pa.us

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From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Terri Buckner
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 4:25 PM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: [Pharmwaste] Drug Terminator


Our police department wants to purchase a portable incinerator called the Drug Terminator. The product sheet says the incinerator will reduce the drugs down to 1-2% ash. When I spoke with the sales person at one of the distributors, he swore the ash is non-toxic and can be thrown into the trash. I'm being skeptical. Does anyone else have one of these? Do you consider the ash to be non-toxic?

Thanks, Terri
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