New Rules May Force Closing of 7 Area Medical Incinerators
Tom Uhlenbrock Of the Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Seven medical waste incinerators in the St. Louis area may have to clean up or shut down under a new set of rules proposed for Missouri incinerators.
The director of the state Department of Natural Resources, Dave Shorr, said the regulations would tighten emission standards for some 500 solid waste and infectious materials incinerators in the state.
A public hearing on the new regulations will be held Feb. 9 at the University of Missouri Law School in Columbia. The proposal would take effect July 11, and incinerators would have three months to comply.
Shorr said that retrofitting incinerators with air pollution equipment could be expensive.
"But emissions create health risks to the population," he said. "I think the trade-off is fair and reasonable."
Incinerators in Missouri had been regulated under a rule adopted by the Missouri Air Conservation Commission. A circuit court in Jefferson City voided that rule earlier this year on the ground that Missouri air pollution laws cannot be stricter than federal air pollution laws.
The Department of Natural Resources filed this week another similar set of regulations for incinerators, but this time the department proposed them under the state's solid waste laws. No federal laws govern incinerated solid waste. …