PA dentist's illegal dumping inspires tougher fines at Jersey shore

    By: Monica Miller

    The actions of one Pennsylvania dentist could increase the penalties New Jersey imposes on those who illegally dump medical waste in the ocean.

    By: Monica Miller

    The actions of one Pennsylvania dentist could increase the penalties New Jersey imposes on those who illegally dump medical waste in the ocean.

    Transcript:
    Thomas MacFarland of Wynnewood was charged with the Jersey Shore’s most serious case of beach dumping in two decades. Several beaches were closed around Labor Day weekend last year after more than 200 syringes and other medical waste were found in Avalon. Assemblyman John McKeon says he can think of no worse insult.

    McKeon: “I equate this to, as we learned in Arab culture, to throw one’s shoe is highest insult. And to me, someone who pollutes our ocean is about the worst they can do.”

    The state Assembly recently passed a measure that would double the fines for illegal medical waste dumping to $100,000 per day.

    Assemblyman McKeon hopes the legislation will hit the Governor’s desk before summer vacations kicks into gear.

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