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Environment & Public Lands
12:16 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Investigation Finds High Levels of Toxic Pollutant in Homes Near Stericycle

Photo provided by Foxboro residents

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.  An investigator from the Brockovich team and community advocates met with Governor Gary Herbert Wednesday to share their findings.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:50 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Bill to Restrict the Permitting of Medical Waste Incinerators Clears Committee

Children play in backyards that are less than a football field a way from Stericycle
Brian Grimmett

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 bill has succeeded where a Democrat’s bill failed.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:25 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Protestors not Satisfied with State Action on Stericycle

Dr. Brian Moench of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment with protestors at the state capitol. (Feb. 13, 2014)
Andrea Smardon

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.  A recent health report by the state, and news that the company may move its incinerator to Tooele County have not changed protestors' minds.

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Environment & Public Lands
8:21 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Study Finds No Extra Environmental Cancer Risk Near Incinerator

The Foxboro neighborhood of North Salt Lake is adjacent to Stericycle's medical waste incinerator.
Andrea Smardon

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.

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Environment & Public Lands
6:17 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

U Hospital System Facing Tough Decisions on Medical Waste Disposal

Bins of trace chemotherapy waste are picked up once a week at the Hunstman Cancer Hospital on the campus of the University of Utah.
Andrea Smardon

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.

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Public Safety
7:30 am
Thu October 31, 2013

What's Burning in the Backyard: North Salt Lake City's Options

Residents of North Salt Lake gather in the City Council chambers fora meet the candidate event.
Credit Brian Grimmett

 

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  look at North Salt Lake City’s options.

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Public Safety
7:32 am
Wed October 30, 2013

What's Burning in the Backyard: An Interactive Timeline

Stericycle medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake
Credit Brian Grimmett

The interactive timeline explores the events that led up to the development of the Foxboro neighborhood in North Salt Lake.

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Public Safety
7:30 am
Wed October 30, 2013

What's Burning in the Backyard: Stericycle and the Foxboro Neighborhood

Dan and Becca Hubrich's children, Olivia, Cameron, and Zach play on their trampoline as smoke rises from the Stericycle Medical Waste Incinerator in North Salt Lake.
Credit Brian Grimmett

North Salt Lake is home to one of the last medical waste incinerators in the country. Stericycle, the company that operates the incinerator, came under scrutiny this summer after state officials cited it for violating emissions standards. Residents of the Foxboro neighborhood became concerned about this plant operating next door. Many bought homes there without knowing that pollutants were being released into their neighborhood.

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Health Care
3:06 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

State Health Department Investigating Hazards of Medical Waste Incineration

Stericycle Medical Waste Incinerator in North Salt Lake
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Department of Health is doing a public health assessment in the North Salt Lake neighborhood near Stericycle’s medical waste incinerator. State officials say they are focused primarily on investigating levels of cancer-causing dioxins in the soil.

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Health Care
5:42 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Utah Hospitals Reconsider Medical Waste Disposal

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.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:11 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Stericycle Denies Air Pollution Violations

Community members attend a town hall meeting at Foxboro Elementary School about Stericycle's incinerator.
Andrea Smardon

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 challenging a list of citations filed by Utah regulators against the company's incinerator. That means the beginning of a legal process that could take months.

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Environment & Public Lands
11:44 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Erin Brockovich Backs Up Stericycle Protestors in North Salt Lake

Erin Brockovich talks to protestors in front of Stericycle's medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake City.
Andrea Smardon

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich was in North Salt Lake City over the weekend to join the fight against Stericycle’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.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:12 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Stericycle May Move Incinerator Out of North Salt Lake

The Foxboro neighborhood is adjacent to Stericycle's medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake.
Andrea Smardon

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.

North Salt Lake Mayor Len Arave met with Stericycle’s  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.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:17 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Lawmaker Wants to Ban Medical Waste Incineration in Utah

Stericycle uses its bypass stack on September 6, 2013.
Photo provided by Foxboro residents

Republican State Senator Todd Weiler 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 allegedly 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. 

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Environment & Public Lands
1:15 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Environmentalists ask North Salt Lake Officials to Exert Local Control

Environmental investigator Robert Bowcock stands outside North Salt Lake council chambers with residents and air quality advocates.
Andrea Smardon

Erin Brockovich and her team of environmental activists have made their presence known to North Salt Lake officials.  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.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:49 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Stericycle May Lose its Permit to Operate Medical Waste Incinerator

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.  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.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:25 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

North Salt Lake Residents Upset About Unfiltered Emissions from Medical Waste Incinerator

Stericycle uses its bypass stack during a power outage.
North Salt Lake resident Natasha Hincks Henderson

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.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:40 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Why Environmental Activists Want a North Salt Lake Medical Waste Incinerator Closed Down

Stericycle's medical waste incinerator burns near a North Salt Lake neighborhood.
North Salt Lake resident Natasha Hincks Henderson

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.

Protest organizer Bradley Angel is Director of Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice. He says Stericycle’s incinerator is a direct threat to the health of the families in the neighborhood.

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