Stericycle has officially identified a 40-acre plot of land near Rowley for the site of a proposed medical waste incinerator, company officials announced Wednesday.
The medical waste handler had already agreed to purchase 40 acres of state trust lands in the Rowley area, but has waited for the completion of an archeological study before making the final decision about which plot it would buy, said Selin Hoboy, vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs for Stericycle.
The company ultimately decided to go with option A, she said, which will put the proposed incinerator on Rowley Road, which is about a half mile north of a municipal solid waste landfill. That location puts the proposed incinerator site within 11 miles of the nearest residence, and 19 to 20 miles northwest of Grantsville City limits as the crow flies, added Hoboy.
The announcement came Wednesday night during a town hall meeting at Grantsville High School on Stericycle’s proposed incinerator move from North Salt Lake to Tooele County.
Rowley is located on the remote western shoreline of Stansbury Bay, which is part of the Great Salt Lake. US Magnesium and Allegheny Technologies are also located nearby.
Hoboy said the company planned to conduct a number of studies in the coming months to determine whether particulate or other pollutants emitted by the proposed incinerator would reach Grantsville.
However, she said preliminary studies indicate that prevailing winds in the area blow from the southeast — which would push pollutants away from Grantsville.
Stericycle’s current medical waste incinerator came under fire last fall when the state department of air quality issued the company an emissions violation. An investigation into the violation is ongoing.
The medical waste handler has already obtained legislative approval to relocate to the Rowley site, but must still obtain permits from Tooele County and from various state-level environmental agencies.
In preparation for the local conditional use permitting process, which will require a series of public hearings held by the Tooele County Planning Commission, Stericycle officials have agreed to host voluntary educational meetings for residents.
The next meeting is scheduled to take place on May 7 at 4 p.m. in the basement auditorium of the Tooele County Building at 47 S. Main Street in Tooele. A fourth and final meeting is expected to take place in mid-May, but the exact time and venue is yet to be determined.