It appears some critics of Stericycle have failed to acknowledge and accept their own responsibility. Don’t misunderstand, I believe it is every businesses’ first and foremost responsibility and ethical duty to follow environmental health laws relentlessly and immediately notify authorities and the public of any deviation. Violating EPA standards is absolutely unacceptable.
Generators of medical waste, such as physicians and hospitals, have a duty and responsibility to their patients and the general public to ascertain it is disposed in a safe and proper manner. Once the waste leaves the medical facility, it is not out of sight and out of mind, regardless if it is handled by contracted disposal company. Failure to recognize this fact endangers the public and will likely generate future patients through their neglect.
Let’s cite a case in point. Dr. Brian Moench, president and spokesman for Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, is an anesthesiologist. Whenever he practices in a surgical setting, he assists in the contribution of more medical waste that any single patient encounter. Can he elucidate who handles “his” waste and if this company ever had any environmental violations? Did Stericycle ever handle Dr. Moench’s generated medical waste?
Stericycle was in business prior to Foxboro’s fruition. Why did the real estate developer and the City of North Salt Lake develop and approve this housing development, being so close to a potential health concern? There appears a constant theme: homes are developed and approved by government on unsuitable land due to lack of soil integrity, slope angle, flood plain, etc. Corporate greed, and with the city government’s nod, it always fail its citizenry.
Finally, the residents of Foxboro also need to take responsibility for their failure to do their due diligence. No one forced them to purchase or rent the homes in Foxboro. Why didn’t they realize there was a medical waste incinerator in the vicinity when they were in the process of purchasing or renting a home? Didn’t they notice the noxious smell being emitted?
If you bought a home next to existing railroad tracks and can’t handle the noise, do you expect the railroad to move its track?