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CMC to pay $205,000 to settle state claims


CONCORD — Catholic Medical Center has agreed to pay a $205,000 penalty to resolve allegations of hazardous waste violations regarding pharmaceuticals, according to a settlement announced Friday.

A Hillsborough County Superior Court judge approved the settlement between the state and the Manchester hospital.

The state alleged that CMC “failed to identify certain pharmaceutical wastes as hazardous wastes and that it shipped them to facilities that were not authorized to accept hazardous wastes,” according to a statement from the state Attorney General’s Office.

Under state and federal regulations, 30 pharmaceuticals are specifically listed as hazardous waste and there are other pharmaceuticals considered hazardous waste due to their characteristics, according to the statement.

During an October 2010 inspection, the state Department of Environmental Services learned of CMC’s past practice of shipping certain pharmaceutical hazardous wastes to unauthorized facilities, according to the Attorney General’s Office. The hospital had self-corrected this violation as of January 2010.

During the 2010 inspection, DES also discovered that CMC was improperly handling two other types of hazardous waste and was failing to follow certain hazardous waste management requirements at the hospital, authorities said. The hospital quickly corrected all the remaining violations once identified by DES and was cooperative throughout the investigation, according to authorities.

The allegations against Catholic Medical Center do not pertain to infectious waste, such as used needles.

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