medical waste http://kuer.org en Stericycle Another Step Closer to Moving http://kuer.org/post/stericycle-another-step-closer-moving <p></p><p>Medical waste company Stericycle has cleared another hurdle in its effort to relocate its incinerator from North Salt Lake to Tooele County. The local planning commission approved a conditional use permit for the new facility this month, though two commissioners voted against it.</p><p>Stericycle Vice President of Corporate Communications&nbsp; Jennifer Koenig says the permit is necessary to move forward with a new facility, but it’s only one step among many.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:32:53 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49601 at http://kuer.org Stericycle Another Step Closer to Moving Tooele County Commissioner Wants “Heavy Fine Structure” for Stericycle http://kuer.org/post/tooele-county-commissioner-wants-heavy-fine-structure-stericycle <p></p><p>A Tooele County commissioner says he wants to impose regular fees and a penalty fine structure on Stericycle’s proposed medical waste incinerator should the company decide to relocate there.</p><p>Commissioner Shawn Milne acknowledges that his community has welcomed businesses in the past that others did not want, but he says commissioners want to ensure that the environment and people are protected.</p><p>“We don’t want to just accept any business here carte blanche without any consideration for what long term consequences there might be,” Milne says.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 22:53:18 +0000 Andrea Smardon 46368 at http://kuer.org Tooele County Commissioner Wants “Heavy Fine Structure” for Stericycle Tooele County Residents Question Panel on Incinerator http://kuer.org/post/tooele-county-residents-question-panel-incinerator <p></p><p>Tooele County citizens met Wednesday night to talk about the possibility of letting Stericycle build a new medical waste incinerator in the area. After a series of informational meetings organized by Stericycle, this town hall was organized by residents.</p><p>The meeting at Stansbury High School was organized by Katrina Hill of Stansbury Park, who says she’s never done anything like this before.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 06:30:54 +0000 Andrea Smardon 46309 at http://kuer.org Tooele County Residents Question Panel on Incinerator Investigation Finds High Levels of Toxic Pollutant in Homes Near Stericycle http://kuer.org/post/investigation-finds-high-levels-toxic-pollutant-homes-near-stericycle <p></p><p>Environmental investigators working with Erin Brockovich have uncovered some new evidence that hazardous chemicals are accumulating in the homes of those who live close to Stericycle’s medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake.&nbsp; An investigator from the Brockovich team and community advocates met with Governor Gary Herbert Wednesday to share their findings.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 07:16:56 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42706 at http://kuer.org Investigation Finds High Levels of Toxic Pollutant in Homes Near Stericycle Bill to Restrict the Permitting of Medical Waste Incinerators Clears Committee http://kuer.org/post/bill-restrict-permitting-medical-waste-incinerators-clears-committee <p></p><p>A bill that would prohibit the permitting of new medical waste incinerators within two miles of a residential community passed a legislative committee Friday, and now heads to the state Senate for consideration. A Republican lawmaker’s&nbsp;bill has succeeded where a Democrat’s bill failed.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:50:49 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42486 at http://kuer.org Bill to Restrict the Permitting of Medical Waste Incinerators Clears Committee Protestors not Satisfied with State Action on Stericycle http://kuer.org/post/protestors-not-satisfied-state-action-stericycle <p></p><p>Environmental activists and concerned residents rallied in front of Governor Gary Herbert’s office Thursday to let him know that they would not be satisfied until Stericycle’s medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake is shut down.&nbsp; A recent health report by the state, and news that the company may move its incinerator to Tooele County have not changed protestors' minds.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:25:12 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42136 at http://kuer.org Protestors not Satisfied with State Action on Stericycle Study Finds No Extra Environmental Cancer Risk Near Incinerator http://kuer.org/post/study-finds-no-extra-environmental-cancer-risk-near-incinerator <p>The Utah Department of Health has completed an analysis of 35 years of cancer data in the area surrounding Stericycle’s North Salt Lake medical waste incinerator. The study shows no increased environmental cancer risk for residents in South Davis County.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 03:21:15 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42032 at http://kuer.org Study Finds No Extra Environmental Cancer Risk Near Incinerator U Hospital System Facing Tough Decisions on Medical Waste Disposal http://kuer.org/post/u-hospital-system-facing-tough-decisions-medical-waste-disposal <p></p><p>Last year, clean air activists called on Utah’s hospitals and clinics to stop sending their waste to Stericycle’s incinerator in North Salt Lake. One of the state’s largest healthcare providers, The University of Utah, is looking at some significant changes to the way it handles medical waste, but there are some types of waste that university officials say they have no other option at this time but to burn.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 01:17:00 +0000 Andrea Smardon 41048 at http://kuer.org U Hospital System Facing Tough Decisions on Medical Waste Disposal What's Burning in the Backyard: North Salt Lake City's Options http://kuer.org/post/whats-burning-backyard-north-salt-lake-citys-options <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>North Salt Lake City residents will elect their leaders next week, and those running for office say that Stericycle’s medical waste incinerator has become a major issue in their campaigns. The company and the state Division of Air Quality are engaged in a legal battle over whether the incinerator exceeded permitted levels of pollutants in its emissions. Meanwhile, citizens are calling on city leaders to move the incinerator or shut it down. In the 2nd of our two part series we take a &nbsp;look at North Salt Lake City’s options.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Brian Grimmett & Andrea Smardon 37512 at http://kuer.org What's Burning in the Backyard: North Salt Lake City's Options What's Burning in the Backyard: An Interactive Timeline http://kuer.org/post/whats-burning-backyard-interactive-timeline <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="650" src="http://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/timeline/latest/embed/index.html?source=0At6ha8i4ECd8dGpGck5rbTIwd0ROWW5zaWN2ZmpXQ1E&amp;font=Bevan-PotanoSans&amp;maptype=toner&amp;lang=en&amp;height=650" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The interactive timeline explores the events that led up to the development of the Foxboro neighborhood in North Salt Lake.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:32:27 +0000 Brian Grimmett 37417 at http://kuer.org What's Burning in the Backyard: An Interactive Timeline What's Burning in the Backyard: Stericycle and the Foxboro Neighborhood http://kuer.org/post/whats-burning-backyard-stericycle-and-foxboro-neighborhood <p></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Brian Grimmett & Andrea Smardon 37455 at http://kuer.org What's Burning in the Backyard: Stericycle and the Foxboro Neighborhood State Health Department Investigating Hazards of Medical Waste Incineration http://kuer.org/post/state-health-department-investigating-hazards-medical-waste-incineration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Utah Department of Health is doing a public health assessment in the North Salt Lake neighborhood near </span>Stericycle’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> medical waste incinerator. State officials say they are focused primarily on investigating levels of cancer-causing dioxins in the soil.</span></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:06:30 +0000 Andrea Smardon 37234 at http://kuer.org State Health Department Investigating Hazards of Medical Waste Incineration Utah Hospitals Reconsider Medical Waste Disposal http://kuer.org/post/utah-hospitals-reconsider-medical-waste-disposal <p></p><p>Amid public concern about air pollution generated by Stericycle’s North Salt Lake incinerator, two major hospital systems in Utah say they are reconsidering their processes for disposing of medical waste. Officials from University of Utah Health Sciences and Intermountain Healthcare say they are exploring their options, but are continuing to use Stericycle’s incinerator for the time being.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:42:33 +0000 Andrea Smardon 36979 at http://kuer.org Utah Hospitals Reconsider Medical Waste Disposal Stericycle Denies Air Pollution Violations http://kuer.org/post/stericycle-denies-air-pollution-violations <p></p><p></p><p>As activists and community members step up the pressure to shut down a North Salt Lake medical waste incinerator, Stericycle officials are denying the company violated emissions limits or rigged stack test results. They are <a href="http://www.airquality.utah.gov/Public-Interest/Current-Issues/stericycle/docs/2013/09Sep/Stericycle_ReqAgencyAct_09-27-13.pdf">challenging</a> a list of citations filed by Utah regulators against the company&#39;s incinerator. That means the beginning of a legal process that could take months.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 22:11:51 +0000 Andrea Smardon 36130 at http://kuer.org Stericycle Denies Air Pollution Violations Erin Brockovich Backs Up Stericycle Protestors in North Salt Lake http://kuer.org/post/erin-brockovich-backs-stericycle-protestors-north-salt-lake <p></p><p>Environmental activist <a href="http://www.brockovich.com/projects/stericycle-utah/">Erin Brockovich</a> was in North Salt Lake City over the weekend to join the fight against Stericycle&rsquo;s medical waste incinerator. Brockovich is lending her celebrity status and investigatory resources to community members who want the incinerator out of their neighborhood. Brockovich says she came to North Salt Lake because concerned mothers asked her to.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 05:44:18 +0000 Andrea Smardon 36075 at http://kuer.org Erin Brockovich Backs Up Stericycle Protestors in North Salt Lake Stericycle May Move Incinerator Out of North Salt Lake http://kuer.org/post/stericycle-may-move-incinerator-out-north-salt-lake <p></p><p>As angry residents continue to protest Stericycle’s medical waste incinerator and its toxic emissions, some local officials have been discussing the possibility of moving the plant to another location.</p><p>North Salt Lake Mayor Len Arave met with Stericycle’s &nbsp;Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs earlier this week. He says he thinks the incinerator should find another home outside the city, and that Stericycle may be open to that possibility.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:12:39 +0000 Andrea Smardon 35268 at http://kuer.org Stericycle May Move Incinerator Out of North Salt Lake Lawmaker Wants to Ban Medical Waste Incineration in Utah http://kuer.org/post/lawmaker-wants-ban-medical-waste-incineration-utah <p></p><p>Republican State Senator <a href="http://www.utahsenate.org/aspx/senmember.aspx?dist=23">Todd Weiler </a>of Woods Cross says he’s filing a bill to ban medical waste incineration in Utah. The announcement comes after Stericycle’s North Salt Lake incinerator <a href="http://www.airquality.utah.gov/Public-Interest/Current-Issues/stericycle/novintro.htm">allegedly </a>exceeded its permitted levels of toxic pollutants and falsified its emissions tests. Nearby residents and environmental activists have called for the incinerator to be closed down.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 23:17:59 +0000 Andrea Smardon 35157 at http://kuer.org Lawmaker Wants to Ban Medical Waste Incineration in Utah Environmentalists ask North Salt Lake Officials to Exert Local Control http://kuer.org/post/environmentalists-ask-north-salt-lake-officials-exert-local-control <p></p><p>Erin Brockovich and her team of environmental activists have made their presence known to North Salt Lake officials.&nbsp; An investigator who works with Brockovich spoke to city councilors and the mayor Tuesday night, asking them to exert some local control and help protect citizens from the air pollution emitted by Stericycle’s medical waste incinerator.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 07:15:27 +0000 Andrea Smardon 34881 at http://kuer.org Environmentalists ask North Salt Lake Officials to Exert Local Control Stericycle May Lose its Permit to Operate Medical Waste Incinerator http://kuer.org/post/stericycle-may-lose-its-permit-operate-medical-waste-incinerator <p></p><p>The state’s Director of the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) says there is a possibility the agency will revoke the permit of Stericycle’s medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake.&nbsp; DAQ Director Bryce Bird met with concerned members of the community, and health and environmental advocates today (WED). They called on the agency to shut down the incinerator, which they say is an urgent public health threat.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 22:49:43 +0000 Andrea Smardon 31869 at http://kuer.org Stericycle May Lose its Permit to Operate Medical Waste Incinerator North Salt Lake Residents Upset About Unfiltered Emissions from Medical Waste Incinerator http://kuer.org/post/north-salt-lake-residents-upset-about-unfiltered-emissions-medical-waste-incinerator <p>North Salt Lake residents are stepping up pressure to close a medical waste incinerator in their neighborhood. Environmental and health advocates are joining them in a protest outside Stericycle’s incinerator Tuesday evening, and representatives from the group will be meeting with the Director of the state’s Division of Air Quality to voice their concerns Wednesday morning. Among the protestors concerns is the use of a bypass stack which allows the company to release unfiltered, toxic pollutants like dioxin and mercury directly into the air.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 22:25:42 +0000 Andrea Smardon 31822 at http://kuer.org North Salt Lake Residents Upset About Unfiltered Emissions from Medical Waste Incinerator Why Environmental Activists Want a North Salt Lake Medical Waste Incinerator Closed Down http://kuer.org/post/why-environmental-activists-want-north-salt-lake-medical-waste-incinerator-closed-down <p>Environmental advocates and concerned residents will be holding a protest Tuesday evening at Stericycle’s medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake. They want the incinerator – which emits dioxins and other toxic chemicals - shut down.</p><p>Protest organizer Bradley Angel is Director of <a href="http://greenaction.org/">Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice.</a> He says Stericycle’s incinerator is a direct threat to the health of the families in the neighborhood.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 23:40:17 +0000 Andrea Smardon 31774 at http://kuer.org Why Environmental Activists Want a North Salt Lake Medical Waste Incinerator Closed Down