Residents protest Utah medical waste incinerator

North Salt Lake plant accused of blanketing the region in toxic smoke

By Healthcare Facilities Today
September 16, 2013

Residents of North Salt Lake, Utah, city recently called on Gov. Gary Herbert to shut down a medical waste incinerator they say is blanketing the region in toxic smoke, according to an article on

Mothers and physicians who advocate for cleaner air said at a news conference  that the Stericycle, Inc. facility in North Salt Lake puts the public at risk for increased rates of autism, cancer, fertility issues and other health problems.

The Stericycle plant, which sits adjacent to a neighborhood, receives medical waste from states around the western United States, processing about 7,000 tons of waste a year, according to the state Division of Air Quality, according to the article. The medical waste includes everything from laboratory tools made of plastic and glass, to human tissue and fluids and animal tissues and carcasses. The plant also treats infectious waste which may contain pathogens that result in infectious diseases in someone who is exposed to it.

Protesters are calling for the plant's closure after a large black cloud of smoke came from the facility's smokestack Friday, which officials say was a release automatically trigged by high temperatures inside the facility.

In May, the Division of Air Quality ruled that the facility had committed multiple air quality violations from 2011 to 2013 by emitting excessive amounts of toxic substances and pollutants linked to respiratory problems and eye irritation.

Read the article.


See the latest posts on our homepage Share

Topic Area: Industry News

Recent Posts
Recent Posts

How to Prevent Mold Growth in Facilities

Mold can often grow out of sight and unnoticed.


Cybersecurity Evolve as Attacks on Healthcare Sector Grow

Cyber attacks on healthcare organizations have increased 94 percent year-over-year.


FGI Resource Targets Facilities Readiness for Emergencies

White paper helps facilities managers determine best practices and establish a new minimum standard on emergency preparedness and response.


How COVID-19 Re-Focused Facilities on Compliance

The pandemic was the ultimate litmus test for and real-world example of hospital compliance standards.


Ceiling Change Nearly Doubles Pressure Differential in Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital's Patient Room

The target was to maintain the minimum 0.020” w.c. under all conditions.



News & Updates • Webcast Alerts • Building Technologies

All fields are required.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

You Might Like