GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - Gallup Indian Medical Center is facing a $36,000 fine from the state Environmental Department for improperly handling infectious waste.
An order and citation obtained by the Gallup Independent says the hospital sent infectious medical waste to a transfer station that does not accept it, and failed to label or bag it correctly.
The Environmental Department began investigating after a landfill manager notified the agency that workers had found a bag of hazardous medical waste in a trash shipment from the hospital. More waste was found on subsequent inspections.
Hospital spokeswoman Genevieve Notah says the hospital has taken action to address the problems. The hospital can appeal the fine once it is finalized.
Information from: Gallup Independent
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