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Londonderry firm fined nearly $300,000 for hazardous waste violations

CONCORD — A Londonderry firm has agreed to pay nearly $300,000 to settle charges that it violated state hazardous waste laws in operation of a mail-order presciption drug supply house.

Omnicare Inc. and affiliated companies in New Hampshire agreed to make a $290,000 payment to the state hazardous waste cleanup fund, and will make another payment orf $8,100 to the Northeast Environmental Enforcement Project.

The consent decree, approved in Merrimack Superior Court Monday, settles a suit filed by the state Department of Environmental Services. The state claimed that Onmicare violated the state's hazardous waste disposal laws in the operation of a facility at 13 Commerce Way in Londonderry.

The company runs mail-order pharmacies for group living facilities, such as jails, assisted-living facilities and nursing homes.

Omnicare was accused of failing to identify some pharmaceutical waste as hazardous waste and then shipping the waste to facilities that were not licensed to process hazardous waste.

Cincinnati, Ohio, based Omnicare did not admit wrongdoing in the settlement. In return for the payments, the state agreed not to bring any further action against the company.

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