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Stericycle responds to toxic pollution allegations

NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – For the first time a North Salt Lake Company accused of spewing out toxic pollution is responding to the allegations. Stericycle has come under fire from protestors, city leaders and a well known national advocate, but now the company is speaking for itself.
NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – For the first time a North Salt Lake Company accused of spewing out toxic pollution is responding to the allegations. Stericycle has come under fire from protestors, city leaders and a well known national advocate, but now the company is speaking for itself.

Medical waste incinerating company, Stericycle is now speaking out
on the black cloud that's been looming over its' North Salt Lake business. Protestors have already made their voices heard.

"It smells like death almost, very stinking burning smell," said one protestor.

"Hey this is not okay, stop poisoning our air," said another.

Renowned consumer advocate Erin Brockovich even stopped by Utah to voice her opinion.

"We should not be burning biohazardous waste on top of communities and children," said Erin Brockovich, Consumer Advocate.

Now, Stericycle is finally responding to the allegations of toxic pollution. Stericycle attorneys recently filed a legal document responding to a Notice of Violation from the Utah Department Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality.

"Stericycle admits the allegation in the second sentence of paragraph 16 that the report showed PCDD/PCDF (excessive dioxin) emissions at 616.4 ng/dscm @ 7% O2, but Stericycle denies this was a valid sample and or lab analysis," said Attorneys for Stericycle in the document.

Attorneys also said:

"Stericycle avers that it referenced the PCDD/PCDF results from the December 2011 test which it believed to be in error and that it referenced the subsequent testing in February 2012 which showed compliance," said Attorneys.

When the Division of Air Quality found the company also showed excess amounts of nitrogen oxide emissions every day between December 2011 and September the following year, Stericycle attorneys simply said --

"Stericycle denies the allegations," they said.

That’s Stericycle's response to the Division of Air Quality's violation. Regardless of what the company to said, ABC 4 Utah is told it is required to comply immediately with air quality standards.

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