NORTH SALT LAKE - Mayor Lyn Arave said Stericycle is actively seeking options to move its plant in Davis County, but he declined to say where the medical waste incineration company may end up in Utah.
Reached on Tuesday, Arave described the situation between the city and Stericycle as unworkable and said it is in the interest of both to consider relocation. He met with staff from Gov. Gary Herbert's office last week to also discuss the situation and to garner support.
Rep. Becky Edwards, R-North Salt Lake, has raised the possibility economic incentives may be needed to relocate the firm.
Built in 1989, the waste incinerator is at 90 N. Foxboro Drive, within the Wasatch Front Industrial Park and neighborhoods have been built around the plant. The company's location has become a sore spot for neighbors, after the Illinois-based company was cited for air quality violations. Those violations included emission exceedances and failure to include test results demonstrating those overages in its semi-annual monitoring and failure to maintain normal operating conditions during a stack test.
The violations took place between December 2011 and April 2013, the Division of Air Quality said. The company has contested the citations and the matter has been forwarded to an administrative law judge.
Company officials say they are working with the state to resolve the allegations, but say they are currently operating in full compliance with state guidelines. They forwarded a six-page fact sheet to the Standard-Examiner to address complaints raised against the company.
"There has been much discussed in the media and the public, including information that is inaccurate about our business and the very important service we provide to the healthcare and environmental community," the fact sheet said.
In the meantime, neighbors have organized and pushed local and state officials to close or move the facility.
Alicia Connell, one of the organizers of Communities for Clean Air/Foxboro, sees the potential move of the waste company as mixed news. On one hand she is excited about the company leaving south Davis County, but she worried any relocation may only transfer the problem somewhere else. Initial speculation had the company relocating to either Tooele or Summit counties.
"If they move to Tooele County, we just have to drive further to protest," Connell said.
Dr. Brian Moench, president of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, said emissions from Stericycle would not be safe, even if they were within state standards. He said his group would oppose relocating the company anywhere within the Beehive state.