News: Let Stericycle emit more at incinerators — if they shut down when pollution spikes — Utah officials say

Emma Penrod
The Salt Lake Tribune
March 24, 2016

Stericycle should be allowed to build and run two medical waste incinerators in Tooele County that can process up to 18,000 tons of hazardous medical waste per year — with technology in place to shut down operations if emissions of certain pollutants spike, state air quality officials said Thursday.

The company is currently permitted to process 2,500 pounds of waste per hour at its site in North Salt Lake, where its location near an expanding neighborhood has sparked health concerns.

While the proposed expansion will increase Stericycle’s total annual emissions, improved technologies and new federal regulations will reduce the amount of certain hazardous emissions, such as lead, from the facility, officials said.

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