Move of medical-waste incinerator stirs concerns

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Activists say plans to relocate a medical-waste incinerator that has run afoul of Utah air quality regulators won't solve the problem.

The Illinois-based company Stericycle seeks to move the plant from a North Salt Lake neighborhood to a remote site in Tooele County.

Critics of the facility say no medical waste should be burned and the proposed move upwind of Salt Lake City would not satisfy their concerns.

Alicia Connell of Communities for Clean Air says the incinerator's releases of toxic smoke would continue to pose a risk to public health.

Stericycle vice president Selin Hoboy says while the Tooele County site would be a better option for the future, the incinerator still legally complies with state permits.

Stericycle challenged a notice of violation the state Division of Air Quality issued against it last May.

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