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A report by the Associated Press earlier this year touched off a huge swell of national interest in the effects of trace levels of pharmaceuticals in water. Industry experts have been speculating on how this may translate into new regulation. The EPA in August identified pharmaceutical wastes from hospitals and medical care centers as its first priority.
The proposed rule applies to pharmacies, hospitals, physicians' offices, dentists' offices, outpatient care centers, ambulatory health care services, residential care facilities, and veterinary clinics, as well as other facilities that generate hazardous pharmaceutical waste. It does not apply to pharmaceutical manufacturing or production facilities.
The agency is accepting comments for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register, which is expected within two weeks.