Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 11, 2014
Stericycle announces public info meeting

Stericycle officials plan to host the first of a series of informational public meetings this week.

Company leaders will be on hand Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Tooele County Building to answer residents’ questions about Stericycle and its progress through the state’s legal process for the relocation of solid waste facilities.

Though there will not be a formal presentation at the meeting, the company hopes to help educate locals about the incineration process Stericycle uses to dispose of medical waste at its North Salt Lake facility, said Jennifer Koenig, vice president of corporate communications for Stericycle.

Stericycle has planned a series of similar informational meetings across the county in response to feedback from citizens who have accused the company of failing to communicate with the public.

Residents who met with company officials and local legislative representatives at a town hall meeting on March 1, said that the company’s failure to communicate with the public lead them to believe that Stericycle had reason to hide from local residents.

At that same meeting, Koenig acknowledged that the company had been slow in its response to local concerns, but pledged to be more communicative and to get involved with the community.

Stericycle intends to relocate its North Salt Lake incinerator to the Rowley area, which is approximately 20 miles northwest of Grantsville, in light of pressure from activist groups and residents of the residential neighborhood that has sprung up immediately next to the incinerator.

Since January, the company has increased its public relations efforts in anticipation of the legislative and permitting processes by which the company’s proposed relocation must be approved.

If the senate votes the proposal through this week, Stericycle will move to obtain permits from local and state officials, a process that will require a series of public hearings.

The Tooele County Building is located at 47 S. Main Street in Tooele City. Koenig said she hopes to hold meetings in both Grantsville and Stansbury in the near future 

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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