- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to pay $100,000 in fines and equipment purchases to settle claims it violated state and federal hazardous waste laws.

The Kennebec Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1TGmUcp ) some of the settlement money will pay for equipment for emergency responders in Augusta and Waterville and the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The agreement is the result of a federal inspection of the state’s Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory in Augusta that found several regulatory violations in 2013.

Federal EPA officials say the lab failed to properly identify waste, segregate incompatible wastes during storage, and follow its own treatment procedures.

DHHS officials say concerns raised as part of the inspection have been dealt with appropriately.


Information from: Kennebec Journal, https://www.kjonline.com/

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