From the information gathered during the period of June 1989 to June 1991, EPA concluded that the disease-causing potential of medical waste is greatest at the point of generation and naturally tapers off after that point, thus presenting more of an occupational concern rather than a generalized environmental concern. Risk to the general public of disease caused by exposure to medical waste is likely to be much lower than risk for the occupationally exposed individual.
For more information, see http://www.epa.gov/osw/nonhaz/industrial/medical/index.htm.
What conclusions did EPA draw from the 2-year medical waste demonstration program?
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