Workshops Introduce Military Medical Waste Treatment Research Project

“We are living today with untreated medical waste streams discharged into our sewer systems, placed in our landfills and burned in our incinerators.”

For Immediate Release

Release Date:
Friday, August 14, 2009

Knoxville, TN - Innovasan has launched Horizon, a nationwide program to promote community awareness of an ongoing research project with the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command (USAMRMC), Ft. Detrick, Maryland to develop and deploy a treatment system that will destroy fluid medical waste streams for safe discharge to the environment.

The first Horizon Workshops were held at the offices of the Division of Water Pollution Control, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation on July 8th in Nashville and July 9th in Knoxville, Tennessee. A mission briefing on the research project was given by TATRC and Innovasan to attendees representing healthcare providers, regulatory agencies and wastewater treatment facilities in the community.

"TATRC's mission to develop and deploy the Interceptor Waste Treatment System™ to protect warfighters sends an important message to us about current medical waste disposal hazards in our communities," says Ellen Hubrig, President. "We are living today with untreated medical waste streams discharged into our sewer systems, placed in our landfills and burned in our incinerators. Neighborhood air and water quality has become a daily news topic and medical waste disposal practices in our communities remain a problem that no one wants to admit exists. We hope that Horizon will attract and engage stakeholders at the grass roots level across the Country to support the TATRC mission. TATRC's concern for the warfighter should be our concern for the community."