UGA halts incineration of animals after violation

ATLANTA (AP) - University of Georgia officials have suspended use of three incinerators at the campus' veterinary medicine program after being notified by the state that they were improperly using the facilities.

UGA veterinary medicine dean Sheila Allen said Tuesday that the university has been burning carcasses and waste from infected animals for years without having permits to do so. She said university officials were unaware they were not permitted to incinerate infected biomedical waste until they were notified by the state Environmental Protection Division earlier this month.

She said the university is working with the state to correct the problem. Allen said the improper incineration has posed no threats to public safety or health.
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