News: New bill aims to increase statute of limitations for polluters who knowingly break the law

Kimberly Nelson
ABC 4 News
February 9, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Utah lawmakers will soon decide whether to extend the statute of limitations for polluters who knowingly break the law. The Senate is expected to take up SB 49 Wednesday. The bill would extend the statute of limitations from one year to two years. It’s a watered down version of the original bill, but clean air advocates say it’s still a move in the right direction.

In late 2014, the Division of Air Quality issued it’s biggest ever penalty $2.3 million to the North Salt Lake medical waste incinerator Stericycle. The fine was a result of the company’s violations which began in December of 2011. For 13 months Stericycle exceeded emission limits and even rigged a stack test to show its emissions were less than what they actually were. …

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