H.R.3478 - A bill to amend the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972 and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1977 to ban the dumping of medical waste in ocean and navigable waters and to amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to authorize the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate medical waste to protect public health and the environment.100th Congress (1987-1988)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Saxton, Jim [R-NJ-13] (Introduced 10/13/1987)|
|Committees:||House - Energy and Commerce; Merchant Marine and Fisheries; Public Works and Transportation|
|Latest Action:||10/19/1988 See S.2030. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.3478 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (10/13/1987)
Amends the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972 and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1977 to prohibit the dumping of medical wastes into the ocean and navigable waters. Establishes a maximum fine for violations at least twice as high as that imposed for dumping other kinds of waste.
Amends the Solid Waste Disposal Act to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of medical waste as necessary to protect human health and the environment. Excludes waste already regulated as hazardous. Requires persons handling such waste to submit information and permit inspection of handling facilities, including providing samples. Establishes civil penalties for violations.