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E-M:/ burning of TB-infected carcasses by MSU

Enviro-Mich message from Dave Dempsey <davemec@voyager.net>

According to documents obtained by MEC under a Freedom of Information Act
request, MSU is considering the siting of an incinerator, possibly at the
southwest corner of Mt. Hope and Hagadorn Roads on its East Lansing campus,
to burn TB infected cattle and deer "from all across Michigan."

The documents, supplied by the DEQ's Air Quality Division, observe the
project "is on a fast track in order to aggressively deal with the TB
problem" and that DEQ staff "anticipate a tremendous amount of controversy"
because the proposed site is close to residential areas and doctors'
offices in Okemos as well as other sensitive locations.

MSU apparently hopes to avoid regulation of the burner as a medical waste
incinerator, but rather as a pathological incinerator.  DEQ notes that
existing incinerators at MSU have operated in compliance with regulations
and complaints have been few.

MSU has been using its existing Veteranarian Medical Incinerator to burn
carcasses, but it will not be able to handle the volume of carcasses that
are expected to be disposed of in the future.

Although the siting of a new Animal Health Diagnostic Lab at the Mt.
Hope/Hagadorn location has received considerable favorable publicity in
Lansing news media, little or no mention has been made of the proposed
carcass incinerator.

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