On any given day, white smoke can be seen coming out of Stericycle's
Becca Hubrich videotaped the event. You can hear her on tape say, "Kids are just getting out of school. Walking home in this snowstorm, with this big, billowing cloud above them"
It’s an event the company calls a bypass; an event that occurs when the emergency vent stack cap opens in response to a power outage or other equipment malfunction.
Communities for Clean Air co-founder Natasha Henderson told ABC 4 Utah, "There was a power outage and it's an emergency bypass, or we've been told they'll explode, it will blow up.">
Stericycle says this happens only rarely, but Hubrich disagrees.
"I know my kids have come to me, many times and said ‘the buildings on fire mom, come watch the big black smoke’ and we had no idea it was toxic smoke,” said Hubrich. “It was more than 5 or 6 times a year."
"It's unfiltered, it's unscrubbed,” said
According to Stericycle's report filed in 2011 “the total mass of dioxin/furan emissions released from all bypass events was equivalent to the mass of less than about two grains of sand, and
the mass of NOx emissions emitted during all bypass events in 2011 is less than the mass of NOx emitted from a single passenger vehicle in a year.”
“It's toxic,” said Hubrich. “There are dioxins, and there are metals, there's mercury there are all kinds of terrible things that we should not be breathing."
And while many want Stericycle to move out of the neighborhood, these mothers want the incinerator to be shut down all together.
'I want them shut down,” said Hubrich. “I want their incinerator shut down. No family should be impacted by that."
Henderson and Hubrich say they’re taking their fight to the Governor’s office. They’re joining more than 1,000 other air quality activists who are heading to the capitol on January 25th for the “Clean Air, No excuses,” rally. For more information log on to: