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DER ISSUES PERMIT FOR GRAYS FERRY MEDICAL WASTE TRANSFER STATION

 CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The state Department of Environmental Resources (DER) today issued a permit amendment to Waste Management Inc. which allows for the safe operation of an infectious waste transfer station at the company's municipal waste facility, 36th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue in Philadelphia.
 Under the amendment, the company may receive up to 45 tons of infectious, chemotherapeutic and sterilized medical waste each day at the station. The waste will be transferred from smaller to larger trucks for transportation to infectious waste incinerators operated by Waste Management in Ohio and North Carolina.
 "All infectious waste at this facility will remain in sealed containers, a procedure which addresses concerns in the community about exposure," said DER Regional Director James Rue.
 Rue said the company cannot accept infectious waste until improvements are made to Grays Ferry Avenue as required by the state Department of Transportation.
 The permit amendment allows an increase in truck traffic from 220 to 320 trucks per day at the municipal waste transfer station on the same property. However, the total volume of all waste coming into the facility remains limited to 1,900 tons per day as allowed by the original permit, issued in 1983.
 DER held a public hearing on the permit application in February 1992. All information received during the public comment period was incorporated into the department's review of the application. Concerns were addressed in a public comment and response document that is being distributed to those who either testified at the hearing or submitted written testimony.
 If residents have concerns about this or any other DER-permitted facility, they may contact Lynda Paul, the Southeast Region's customer service representative, at 215-832-6014. All calls will be kept confidential.
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 /CONTACT: Chris Novak of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, 215-832-6011/


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