Millard County commissioners and members of the Millard Planning Commission are calling for citizen support to discourage locating a proposed hazardous-waste incinerator in the county or anywhere else in Utah.
An incinerator and landfill have been proposed in Lynndyl by Rollins Environmental Services Inc.Utah charges less than half the average of other states for hazardous waste brought into the state and about one-fifth the amount charged in California, Millard officials said. Because of the low charges, they said, "Utah is very attractive to hazardous-waste companies.
"Citizens living near hazardous-waste incinerators have reported such health complaints as skin rashes, respiratory problems, and nausea, as well as more serious complaints of increased leukemia, lung cancer, miscarriages and congenital birth defects."
They appealed to Millard County citizens to telephone or write letters to members of the county and planning and zoning commissions, letting them know citizen feelings about a hazardous-waste incinerator and landfill in the county or in southern Utah.
In an all-out effort aimed at discouraging hazardous-waste companies from locating in Utah, the Millard County group also urged citizens to contact legislators, warning that "Utah may become the toxic waste dumping ground for the western United States."
"Become knowledgeable about alternatives," commission members urged in a letter to citizens. "We need to work toward a `source reduction' (industry not producing toxic waste in the first place), as well as recycling, product redesign and cleaner operations." They also urged citizens to regularly attend county planning and zoning meetings at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month in county offices.
Commissioners said the facility near Lynndyl would burn between 200 and 400 tons per day and bury an unspecified amount of hazardous waste.
Trucks carrying the daily waste would pass through Washington, Iron and Beaver counties as well as the towns of Hinckley, Deseret, Delta, Oak City and Leamington in Millard County. "This waste is a serious hazard to all of these communities," Millard officials said.
They said strong opposition to the Rollings project has also been voiced by the Beaver City Council, Beaver County Commission, Iron County officials and the St. George Chamber of Commerce.
Hazardous-waste incinerators and landfills would also create an irreversible threat to the health of residents if the site is within the boundaries of the underground water reservoir in Millard County, commissioners said. They fear that such landfills will eventually leak, pointing out that this happened in Tooele County where the same lining system is used as that proposed in Millard County by Rollins.
"Our hospitals, fire departments and emergency disaster facilities may have to handle major contamination or explosions of the type that have occurred at other toxic waste disposal sites."