- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has given final approval to a measure blocking facilities burning infectious medical waste from being built within two miles of existing neighborhoods.

Herbert’s office announced in a Monday statement he signed the measure from Woods Cross Republican Sen. Todd Weiler.

Weiler has said the proposal relates to a North Salt Lake incinerator bordering on homes. The incinerator is owned by Illinois-based Stericycle, which says it wants to move the operation to a remote Tooele site.

State studies have indicated that surrounding towns had elevated cancer rates, but scientists say the results are not definitive.

The Utah Division of Air Quality says the incinerator processes 7,000 tons of medical waste each year.

The measure applies to facilities going up after May 13.



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