102 STAT. 2950
PUBLIC LAW 100-582—NOV. 1, 1988
Public Law 100-582 100th Congress Nov. 1, 1988 [H.R. 3515]
Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1988. Safety. State and local governments. 42 USC 6901 note.
To amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate regulations on the management of infectious waste.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the 'Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1988". SEC. 2. TRACKING OF MEDICAL WASTE.
(a) AMENDMENT OF SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL ACT.—The Solid Waste Disposal Act is amended by adding the following new subtitle at the end: "Subtitle J—Demonstration Medical Waste Tracking Program 42 USC 6992.
"SEC. 11001. SCOPE OF DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM FOR MEDICAL WASTE.
"(a) COVERED STATES.—The States within the demonstration program established under this subtitle for tracking medical wastes shall be New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, the States contiguous to the Great Lakes and any State included in the program through the petition procedure described in subsection (c), except for any of such States in which the Governor notifies the Administrator under subsection (b) that such State shall not be covered by the program. "(b) OPT OUT.—(1) If the Governor of any State covered under subsection (a) which is not contiguous to the Atlantic Ocean notifies the Administrator that such State elects not to participate in the demonstration program, the Administrator shall remove such State from the program. "(2) If the Governor of any other State covered under subsection (a) notifies the Administrator that such State has implemented a medical waste tracking program that is no less stringent than the demonstration program under this subtitle and that such State elects not to participate in the demonstration program, the Administrator shall, if the Administrator determines that such State program is no less stringent than the demonstration program under this subtitle, remove such State from the demonstration program. "(3) Notifications under paragraphs (1) or (2) shall be submitted to the Administrator no later than 30 days after the promulgation of regulations implementing the demonstration program under this subtitle. "(c) PETITION IN.—The Governor of any State may petition the Administrator to be included in the demonstration program and the Administrator may, in his discretion, include any such State. Such petition may not be made later than 30 days after promulgation of regulations establishing the demonstration program under this sub-