A proposed ban on building waste incinerators near homes cleared a Senate committee without opposition Friday.
SB196, sponsored by Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, targets the burning of certain types of medical waste, a practice that stirred controversy in his Davis County district last year after state regulators cracked down on a Stericyle plant for alleged emission violations.
When the facility was permitted in 1989, the location was surrounded by open fields zoned for industrial uses. But in recent years, North Salt Lake officials allowed the Foxboro subdivision to grow right up to the incinerator's fence. Still, SB196 wouldn't apply to the state's two existing incinerators that take medical waste.