Concerned Stansbury Park residents will host a panel of independent experts this week for an informational discussion related to Stericycle’s proposed incinerator relocation.
The discussion will be held in the Stansbury High School auditorium this Wednesday at 6 p.m. Panelists include Jeff Coombs of the Tooele County Health Department, Selin Hoboy of Stericycle, Tooele County Commissioner Shawn Milne, and Alicia Connell of Communities for Clean Air.
Communities for Clean Air is an activist group from the North Salt Lake neighborhood where Stericycle’s controversial medical waste incinerator is currently located.
Stericycle has secured legislative permission to build a new replacement plant in the Rowley area located 19 miles northwest of Grantsville. The company requested the move after the state Division of Air Quality issued a notice that the incinerator had exceeded its allotted emissions during a stack test.
Since the notice, some residents from the North Salt Lake area have protested the company, citing allegations that the incinerator’s emissions have caused cancer, autism, birth defects, and decreased fertility.
Katrina Hill, a Stansbury Park resident with similar concerns, said she started inquiring about arranging an independent informational meeting as the controversy began to move to Tooele County in February.
Though several other meetings have taken place since February, Hill said numerous residents, particularly in Stansbury, continue to express interest in the Stericycle controversy.
“Some residents feel that it’s been over-talked, but I feel like this meeting will be different than other meetings held in the past,” she said.
The meeting will follow a formal Q&A format, Hill said, with the intent that everyone will have a chance to ask questions and receive answers from the experts on the panel.
Hill said she and the panelists ultimately decided to hold the meeting in Stansbury because they felt the location held the most potential for a large turnout. Meetings held in Tooele and Grantsville have seen poor attendance, Hill said, but residents in Stansbury seem more interested and involved in the debate.
However, Hill emphasized that the meeting is open to all, because Stericycle’s proposed relocation is a county-wide issue.
“This is not a Tooele County issue, or even a Salt Lake issue. This is a global issue,” she said. “There are other businesses that would do the same, and we need to set a precedent.”
Stansbury High School is located at 5300 N. Aberdeen in Stansbury Park. Hill said all residents are encouraged to come ready with questions to ask the panelists.