UGA agrees to $20,000 fine for burning medical waste

In a consent order between the university and the state Environmental Protection Division, which was signed late last month, the school also agreed not to burn medical and infectious waste in any incinerator "until such time as the University has obtained the necessary permits."

The Athens Banner-Herald reported that UGA stopped burning medical waste last summer after being notified by the EPD that the school was in violation of state regulations.

The university's air quality permit allows UGA workers to burn pathological waste such as animal remains, but not medical and infectious waste, the newspaper reported.

The university has applied for permission to resume burning medical and infectious waste in its incinerators.

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