Google Street View The Stericycle facility in north St. Louis.
Update 3:45 p.m.: Daily RFT just received this statement from Stericycle: Stericycle has reached a voluntary agreement with the Missouri Attorney General confirming that it has not and will not accept, store or treat Ebola-contaminated waste in its St. Louis facility. Should healthcare facilities in Missouri encounter a suspected or confirmed Ebola case, Stericycle will be available to work with these facilities to find other disposal options. At present, each Ebola waste generating incident is being handled on a case-by-case basis with primary emphasis placed on protecting the general public, healthcare workers, and our team members.
A medical waste management facility in north St. Louis has applied for permits that would allow it transport and dispose of material that's been in contact with the Ebola virus, according to a press release from Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office this morning. A copy of the permit application provided by Koster's office says it is a "special permit [which] authorizes the transportation in commerce of certain Ebola-contaminated medical waste for autoclaving or incineration."
Now Koster is trying to block the facility, Stericycle, from bringing Ebola waste to St. Louis because the company has violated the Missouri Solid Waste Management law several times.
"This facility has a history of violations in the handling of medical waste," Koster writes in the release. "We should not allow this company to transport Ebola waste into our state without absolute assurances of safety."More »