Residents, lawmakers react after black smoke pours from facility during emergency bypass

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NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah — A North Salt Lake resident captured video of black smoke polluting their neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.

The culprit? A medical waste incinerator. Stericycle blames it on a power outage, calling it an emergency bypass.

Soot and flames are released from the medical waste incinerator’s smoke stacks during power outages. The company claims they average six a year, but it’s just five months into 2014 and residents have already counted four incidents.

“When is enough enough?” asks Alicia Connell with Communities for Clean Air.

She said, until Stericycle leaves North Salt Lake, something needs to be done about stopping the incinerator from releasing any more pollution from its smoke stacks.

“We know it was a power outage, we know why it happened, the concern now is: How can we stop it from happening until they can get moved to their new facility?” asked Connell…

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