No hazardous waste incinerator will receive a state construction permit before Utah adopts regulations on citing the burn plants, under a moratorium to be considered in Wednesday's special legislative session.
The moratorium plan was prompted by fierce controversy over a proposal by Rollins Environmental Services of Wilmington, Del., to build a hazardous waste incinerator within the town limits of Lynndyl, Millard County. While Lynndyl approves the plan, residents of some neighboring towns are adamantly opposed.A public meeting in Delta on Sept. 1, attended by state officials and at least two legislators, drew 700 residents, packing the high school auditorium. People were concerned that some legal technicality would force approval of Rollins' application before the state's incinerator-citing regulations were in place.
"We have just received Rollins' application and have not done any evaluation to decide whether that facility could be built there or not," said Kenneth Alkema, director of the Utah Division of Environmental Health.
Alkema believes the state could make a good legal argument that Rollins could not get approval until the citing criteria were in place. This was explained at the meeting.
But local residents still feared that those criteria wouldn't apply," he said.
So after a meeting among officials and Gov. Norm Bangerter, the governor decided to put the moratorium on his call for a special session.