(EnviroNews Utah) – Following Stericycle’s simply flabbergasting admission last Thursday night where they acknowledged that they are allowed to accept and burn deadly and largely indestructible prions, protestors took to the streets outside one of the country’s last standing hazardous medical waste incineration plants.
Prions are the malformed proteins responsible for causing Mad Cow Disease and Dear, Elk, and Moose Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in animals, as well as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), prion infections such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob carry a horrifying 100% fatality rate in human beings, and no known host of a prion infection has ever survived.
It is also believed by many that prion illnesses are able to jump the species barrier much more readily that bacterium and viruses for example. In addition, it is well understood that prions are not destroyed through standard medical waste industry techniques such as autoclaving or incineration.
In follow-up fashion, Dr. Brian Moench, Founder and President of the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment (UPHE) was interviewed by local EnviroNews Utah at the Stericycle protest regarding the possible medical implications of prion incineration in a densely populated area.