Tooele lawmaker OK with Stericycle move

Feb 1 2014 - 10:14pm

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A Tooele County lawmaker said he can support the relocation of Stericycle to his county, as long as the new facility is built properly and has no pollution or emission problems.

Rep. Doug Sagers, R-Tooele, said he thinks there is a place for medical waste incineration in the Beehive State and he said there are places in Tooele County where that may be appropriate. He said he thinks any legislation to ban the practice in Utah is too restrictive.

He described some of the land in the western Utah county as unsuitable for habitation and suggested some areas are so desolate that even wildlife doesn't live there.  

But if the company relocates to his area, he wants to ensure it meets guidelines on emissions and pollution.

Based in North Salt Lake, Stericycle has been under scrutiny after the state Department of Air Quality issued the company a notice of violation for multiple violations of its air quality permits. 

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