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image Stericycle representative Jennifer Koenig speaks at the Tooele County Building on March 12. Stericycle has planned to hold three public meetings over the next few months.

March 20, 2014
Stericycle announces series of public meetings

The medical waste handler that wants to relocate an incinerator from North Salt Lake to Tooele County, has announced a series of public meetings and tours in anticipation of the county’s permitting process.

Stericycle has planned a series of three presentations, with a possible fourth still in the works, to take place over the next few months. Tooele County residents are also invited to schedule tours at Stericycle’s North Salt Lake City incinerator, which is similar to the all-new facility that the company hopes to build in the Rowley area.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

March 25 at 7 p.m. in the basement auditorium at the Tooele County Building at 47 S. Main St. in Tooele.

April 15 at 7 p.m. in the Grantsville High School Auditorium at 155 E. Cherry St. in Grantsville.

May 7 at 4 p.m. in the basement auditorium at the Tooele County Building at 47 S. Main St. in Tooele.

Stericycle also hopes to hold a fourth meeting in Stansbury, but the time and location have yet to be confirmed.

Additionally, public tours are available at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on March 26, April 15 and May 6. Space is limited, so residents who would like to attend should request a time and date by emailing Jennifer Koenig, Stericycle vice president of corporate communications, at jkoenig@stericycle.com.

Stericycle’s North Salt Lake incinerator came under fire last fall for an emissions violation that the company says was the result of a series of four mechanical failures. An investigation into the violation is ongoing.

Last week, the state legislature passed a joint resolution approving Stericycle’s requested relocation. All solid waste facilities, including incinerators, must obtain legislative approval to locate or relocate within Utah.

Stericycle has already agreed to buy 40 acres of state trust lands near Rowley, although the exact parcel the company will purchase has yet to be determined pending an archeological study of the available sites.

The company has put a down payment on the property, which is located about 18 miles northwest of Grantsville.

However, Stericycle must still obtain permission to relocate from the state Department of Environmental Quality, the governor’s office and from Tooele County officials.

Koenig said the company plans to focus next on obtaining a conditional use permit from Tooele County. The conditional use process will require Stericycle to demonstrate that the potential negative impacts of the relocation can be mitigated.

Additionally, Stericycle will have to provide county officials with site plans and will undergo a series of public hearings. At the same time, the county will have to broach the topic of mitigation fees during the permitting process.

Koenig estimated that the company would have the necessary documentation ready for submission to Tooele County by the end of the summer. 

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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