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Published: Wednesday, March 5 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

The old chicken & egg conundrum, eh?

One of a Few
Layton, UT

In the world of competing claims, the fact that X developed its property first shouldn't prevent Y from developing its property as well. X doesn't own the air rights outside of the imaginary cone that is X's property. Consequently, the only way to deal with the problem of industrial pollution is through zoning and planning - which of course Utah citizens and governments generally dislike, particularly the planning part - try getting a city to follow its general plan. In the case at hand, once Stericycle and the community allowed housing to encroach, the company was doomed.

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