To the editor:
I applaud Joseph Bauman's recent comments entitled "Will incinerator rules protect Utah?"Bauman listed four proposed hazardous waste incinerators being considered for Utah. He failed to mention Rollins Environmental Services Inc., which has a proposal under consideration in Millard County to construct a fifth hazardous waste incinerator.
In July 1988, Rollins submitted a grossly inadequate permit application to the Utah Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste for the Lynndyl, Millard County, site. Due to public outcry, state siting criteria were established for hazardous waste disposal facilities, and the Lynndyl site was not acceptable. At the present time, Rollins is seriously looking at another site in our county which apparently meets state siting criteria.
Even though the Lynndyl site was abandoned by Rollins due to state siting criteria, as a result of Sen. Fred Finlinson's efforts in the closing moments of the last general session of the state Legislature, Rollins now apparently has a perpetual permit which they can use any time they want, anywhere they want, within the boundaries of Utah.
Finlinson, who happens to be Rollins' corporate attorney here in Utah, was able to get an amendment passed to Rep. Craig Moody's bill which gives Rollins' Lynndyl permit application so-called grandfather status. This certainly was not the intent of Moody's original bill.
One incinerator will put Utah in compliance with EPA requirements for at least the next 20 years. The Aptus facility in Tooele County will meet those requirements. Why should Utah become the dumping ground for California's hazardous waste? There are too many unknowns to sacrifice our citizens' health for a few jobs and a few tax dollars. This relatively new industry needs more regulation, not less.
Hopefully, our governor and Legislature can resist the temptation to "sell our birthright for a mess of pottage" by allowing any number of hazardous waste incinerators and related facilities to be built in Utah. One incinerator is certainly all we need.
Dr. Thomas E. Chandler