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Stericycle’s permit violations aren’t the company’s first breach of trust, said Bowcock.
The North Salt Lake plant initially applied for a permit to burn approximately 1,300 pounds of medical waste per hour. But before it actually opened, the company applied to raise that to 1,850 pounds per hour with the same equipment, Bowcock said.
Soon after they won approval to burn 2,500 pounds per hour, he said. "[They] are burning 100 percent more than they were originally designed for."
In December 2011, state regulators discovered Stericycle was violating its permit by emitting some chemicals at four times the allowed amount, said Bowcock. "It would be dangerous to live in this community if they had complied with their permit. But you’re living in a community where they are violating their permit in orders of magnitude. We probably will never know what you have been exposed to."
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