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E-M:/ viscose medical waste drippings poured down sewer!!

Enviro-Mich message from RobC313@aol.com

 "Pools of drippings, at these types of incinerators, are common and the 
fluid is periodically directed to the sanitary sewer" 

So said Ted Stolk operations manager of the BFI medical waste incinerator in 
Grand Rapids This was in reply to MDEQ's Rick Sadowski during a visit to the 
facility. Sadowski's report read that he had called Stolk's attention to "a 
pool of viscose drippings immediately below the waste entry door that was 
funneled down a large sloping pan into a 5 gallon pail that was nearly full 
plus a large pool of the fluid around the bottom of the pan and pail."

Sadowski explained the potential health dangers but did not write a violation 
for what was apparently a long standing practice.

IF your squeamish or just plain outraged by the thought of buckets of viscose 
medical waste drippings being directed to our sewers then join us in helping 
to stop the unnecessary incineration of medical waste in Michigan. 

There are two commercial medical waste incinerators in Michigan. One is in 
Grand Rapids and the other in Hamtramck. If you would like to help or just 
learn more about this threat to our environment please contact one of the 

Jenny Allen of the Western Michigan Environmental Action Council   


Rob Cedar of HEAT- Hamtramck Environmental Action Team  Robc313@aol.com 

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