I like how all these protesters keep targeting Stericycle even though there
sandwiched between two gas refineries.
Profitable industry takes many forms. Stericycle fails on several key counts.
They are located in a major metro area and bear responsibility as a corporate
citizen. They overload their incinerator and off-gas hazardous chemicals.
They do it with regularity (and make it legal by exploiting a loophole in the
law). When a business pollutes like Stericycle does, when they "game the
system" like they do, they are bad actors. In current form,
using the technology they employ, they cost our community far more in lost
health than they are worth. Their management has lost the confidence of the
community.To insinuate that being against Stericycle is to be
against sick people is sophomoric at best. Businesses like Stericycle are
guilty of making people sick! They foul the air we all have to breathe.
Businesses like Stericycle drive good businesses away. They drive down property
values. They drive up health costs. They pollute with impunity and without any
sense of social responsibility. All they are doing now is dragging it out. If the legislature does anything this term, it should be to clean up the
Instead of moving, why don't they be more diligent in ensuring they do the
burning properly. Does it really take that much effort to ensure they
don't put our those big clouds of black smoke?The tax dollars
they generate us nothing to sneeze at. Profitable industry is a blessing.
@DN Subscriber - Autoclaving is a much more environmentally friendly alternative
to combustion. Also, no one hates sick people who's conditions can generate
waste, they just don't like the current means of waste disposal. Nice
attempt to try and divert the topic from the real issue.
Oh, please. Even if they move, the wind still blows from the west. Incineration
is not the best way to get rid of med waste, just the cheapest. Nobody needs to
put up with this "smoke."
I don't have a problem with this move as long as the legislators makes it
comply with or exceed new EPA standards with the relocation. And we should be
concerned about the standards and the location they are choosing since there is
a lot of wildlife and hunting and wild food game in this area. We don't
want them moving toxic waste to pristine land that can cause other problems down
the road in economic growth.For this kind of company there should be
a zero tolerance for toxic emissions of toxic medical waste which includes the
HIV and STD's. Utah can exceed federal levels which are minimal levels we
can make more stringent. There may even be the possibility that this company buy
the incinerators that are being dismantled at Tooele army depot to use in their
The real question is, why do these protesters hate sick people and the medical
professionals that heal them? If it is ONLY their being unhappy with
the way Stericycle runs their operation, then I am sure the protesters will see
the wonderful business opportunity awaiting them to start up their own medical
waste incineration service (or whatever environmentally approved alternative
they like) and provide this essential service to Utah's hospitals and
patients.Come on, put your money on the table and enter the world of
regulated business, not just hassle free "free speech" protest events.
Do something to actually fix the problem you point out, not just complain.Meanwhile, I am thankful that the wonderful medical professionals and
Utah's sick people are able to use the best known treatments, which
necessarily generate medical waste.I bet that medical costs will go
up when Stericycle moves to a new facility farther away, or the protesters open
their competing operation built to higher standards. Then, we will see some
protesters complaining about how this hurts poor and sick people...