“The most egregious violations we have seen”
OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan – Biochem Technical Services LLC (Biochem) and its owner, Raoul Keith Mangrum Jr., are charged with violating state health law, which includes mismanagement of medical waste.
Wastes include body tissue samples, contaminated dressings, and laboratory equipment. On December 10th was tried in the Oakland County Circuit Court on behalf of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), Materials Management Department.
EGLE claims Mangrum removed medical waste from its customers’ facilities and stored the waste instead of properly disposing of it. EGLE has documented violations of several other government requirements, including unauthorized work and failure to keep adequate records, according to a notice.
The complaint aims to prohibit Mangrum and Biochem from collecting, transporting, storing and disposing of medical waste. She also hopes to cover the cost of disposing of medical waste.
EGLE said Biochem and Mangrum continue to break the law despite EGLE’s previous enforcement actions. Biochem’s medical waste registration has been revoked and prosecuted. In 2015, Mangrum pleaded guilty to charges of infectious waste disposal Wayne County.
Mangrum was sentenced to 60 days in Wayne County Jail, served on weekends, followed by a two-year suspended sentence and 120 hours of community service. He also had to pay $ 3,000 to the Wayne County Environmental Protection Fund. In 2019, EGLE revoked Biochem’s approval to dispose of medical waste.
“Mr. Mangrum’s actions are the most egregious violations of Michigan’s Medical Waste Act,” said Elizabeth M. Browne, director of materials management at EGLE. “Medical waste disposal companies have an obligation to do their job to protect Michigan residents. EGLE is committed to holding Mr. Mangrum accountable and to protecting public health and the environment. “
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