Clipper Staff Writer
NORTH SALT LAKE — Stericycle may be located in North Salt Lake, but concerns for the safety of the company’s emissions have traveled far beyond the confines of North Salt Lake or even those of Davis County.
In addition to environmentalists, state legislators, Gov. Gary Herbert and even the Salt Lake County council have weighed in on what they see as the dangers of the only medical waste facility in the western United States.
“We are concerned that the Stericycle facility may not be in compliance with state air quality laws,” a letter from Salt Lake County leaders to Herbert said. “We cannot ignore the fact that emissions from Stericycle’s incinerator can travel many miles and significantly impact the air quality and safety of Salt Lake County residents.”
Herbert has expressed concern about the operation and has said that the state’s Division of Air Quality is working on the matter
On Sept. 28, environmentalist activist Erin Brockovich rallied Foxboro residents and led a march on Stericycle, the Illinois-based company.
The company has denied allegations its emissions have exceeded permitted levels.
The day before Brockovich’s rally, attorneys for Stericycle submitted a request for agency action to the state DAQ denying the company’s emissions violated its operating permit and blaming high emissions numbers in one sampling on faulty lab analysis.
The company requested a hearing with the division and asked that the alleged violations be dismissed.
Meanwhile, North Salt Lake City officials have met with Stericycle management.
North Salt Lake Mayor Len Arave told those gathered at the Erin Brockovich rally that he believes dealing with the company through legislation will be the most effective means of banning or moving the company.
State legislators Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, and Rep. Becky Edwards, R-North Salt Lake are both looking at measures they can support to rid the city and possibly the state of the incinerator.