Media Firestorm Ensues in Wake of EnviroNews Stericycle Whistleblower Documentary
(EnviroNews Utah) — Salt Lake City Utah — On Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, Communities for Clean Air (CCA) and Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment (UPHE) held a press conference calling for the shutdown of Stericycle, based on the allegations from a former employee made in an interview with EnviroNews Executive Editor Emerson Urry.
In the interview among other observations, the anonymous former employee accuses the Stericycle medical waste incinerator in the Foxboro neighborhood of burning radioactive materials used during cancer treatments and for falsifying records by not recording everything that the company burns.
Following the Capitol Hill press conference, a media firestorm ensued, including coverage from KUER (NPR), Fox13, ABC4Utah, KSL (local NBC), the Deseret News, the Salt Lake Tribune, the Standard Examiner, and the Davis Clipper about the public health threat from Stericycle. The heat has been turned up on the EPA, DAQ and the Governor’s Office to shut down the incinerator because its permit should have expired six months ago says Bradley Angel, Executive Director of GreenAction.
On Sept. 25 at 6 p.m., residents are planning a protest in front of the Stericycle incinerator in Foxboro. If the best case scenario happens, there will be a celebration for clean air instead of the planned protest.
See the documentary at the center of the firestorm below.
FILM AND ARTICLE CREDITS
- Shad Engkilterra - Journalist, Author
- Emerson Urry - Video Editor, Sound Editor, 3D Animator
- Andrew James - Videojournalist