- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah measure to block facilities burning medical waste from going up within two miles of existing neighborhoods is advancing in the state Legislature.

The House voted 44-28 Tuesday to approve the measure from Woods Cross Republican Sen. Todd Weiler.

Weiler says the proposal relates to a North Salt Lake incinerator owned by Stericycle, which has said it wants to move to a remote site in Tooele.

Another proposal to approve that move is now pending in the Senate.

The Stericycle incinerator processes about 7,000 tons of medical waste each year, according to the Utah Division of Air Quality.

A recent state study indicated that surrounding communities there had higher cancer rates, but scientists have said the results are not definitive.

The measure advances to the governor.

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Online:

SB 196: http://1.usa.gov/1giVANr

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