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NJ docs who illegally dump medical waste could face suspension

The Star-Ledger, May 11, 2011

New Jersey doctors who illegally dump medical waste would get their license suspended for three years, in addition to a fine, under legislation unanimously approved in the state Assembly. Increasing the penalty to include the license suspension would serve as a deterrent for potential dumpers who gamble on fines being cheaper than the cost of proper medical waste disposal, said the bill's sponsors, Assemblymen Matthew Milam, Nelson Albano and Louis Greenwald. "If you fine a doctor making a lot of money for beach dumping, he or she can do a mental cost-benefit analysis to see if the fine is enough of an incentive to stop," said Greenwald (D-Camden). "However, if you take away their license for dumping, you take away their ability to make money, which is a much more effective deterrent."