Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that no permit shall be required for the operation of a sharps collection station if the operator follows certain procedures concerning the acceptance, storage, treatment, disposal, and transportation of the medical waste. Defines "sharps collection station". Effective immediately.
Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts provisions of the engrossed bill. Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Public Health, in cooperation with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, to create guidelines for the proper disposal of hypodermic syringes, needles, and other sharps used for self-administration purposes that are consistent with the available guidelines regarding disposal for home healthcare products provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Sets forth certain requirements for these guidelines. Provides that the Department must develop educational materials regarding the safe disposal of hypodermic syringes, needles, and other sharps and distribute copies of these materials to pharmacies and the public. Provides certain information that must be included in the educational materials. Further amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that "sharps collection station" includes facilities collecting hypodermic, intravenous, or other medical needles or syringes or other sharps. Provides that an "applicable facility" for a "sharps collection station" includes an ambulatory surgical treatment center, physician's office, clinic, or other setting where a physician provides care. Deletes certain "bases of operation" previously included in the definition of "applicable facility". Provides that no permit is required for a sharps collection facility when, among other exceptions, the only waste accepted at the collection station is hypodermic, intravenous, or other medical needles or syringes or other sharps; and medical household waste containing used or unused sharps, including but not limited to, hypodermic, intravenous, or other medical needles or syringes or other sharps. Effective immediately.