Lawmakers took a step Tuesday toward preventing future medical waste incinerators from being located within two miles of residential areas hoping to avoid problems that have surrounded Stericycle in North Salt Lake.
The only controversy was whether the Senate should go even further, and allow stiffer punishments for Stericycle for alleged violations that neighbors say have sickened them. "I am in favor of smacking Stericycle. I think they have been a very bad corporate citizen," said Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City.
The Senate gave preliminary approval to SB196 on a 19-5 vote. It still faces a final vote there, probably later this week, before also going to the House. On Monday, the House approved a related resolution to allow Stericycle to move to a remote spot on state school trust land in Tooele County.