Comments about ‘Stericycle wants to move out of North Salt Lake, but some say it's not enough’

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Published: Friday, Jan. 24 2014 8:40 p.m. MST

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DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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...

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

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 operations.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

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."

mcdugall
Murray, UT

@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.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

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.

terra nova
Park City, UT

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 air.

Gezkill
Bountiful, UT

I like how all these protesters keep targeting Stericycle even though there sandwiched between two gas refineries.

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