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US Dept. of Transportation Grants Special Permit for Transportation of Ebola-Contaminated Waste

AdamGregor/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday approved a special permit permitting a Lake Forest, Illinois-based company to transport large quantities of Ebola-contaminated waste from a Dallas hospital for disposal.

The permit covers all waste within the state of Texas, in case another diagnosed case presents in the state. Special permits, the DOT says, "are issued to individual companies to ensure that each holder is fit to conduct the activity authorized. Stericycle, Inc. The permit largely sets the standards by which the company must package and transport the materials.

The permit grants Stericycle two options for packaging, each consisting of a series of inner and outer packaging and the use of CDC-authorized disinfectant.

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