Tuesday, June 06, 2000

Waste facility drops plan

Sanitec gets industrial complex site

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — Residents fighting the arrival of a medical waste facility in Boone County can breathe a sigh of relief.

        Sanitec of Kentucky has officially withdrawn its request for a permit to locate on East Frogtown Road, county officials said Monday.

        Despite the company reassurances about safety and cleanliness, residents who lived near the proposed site complained that the facility would be too close to homes and that emergency trucks would have problems getting to and from the site.

        Sanitec now has state approval to locate in the industrial complex on Empire Drive.

        Company officials have said they want to build a facility to pulverize and heat medical waste — IV bags, soiled uniforms and needles — into sanitized plastic shreds, which would be trucked to a conventional landfill.

        Because the area south of Florence on East Frogtown Road is zoned “Industrial-1” the company would have needed a special use permit. There is no need for a permit in the industrial complex.

        “We felt all along that it was in our best interest to be at a piece of property that's zoned properly for our use,” said Bob Jennings, project manager. “Now that we're permitted, we'll begin to attempt to acquire customers.”

        Supplies and equipment must be brought in, but Sanitec will be in the building in the industrial complex before the end of the month. It may be longer before the company starts operations. It is expected to employ fewer than a dozen workers.

        Sanitec International Holdings, the parent company, has 70 similar facilities around the world.

        Company officials say that plans include importing medical waste from neighboring states and cities, such as Lexington, Louisville and Frankfort.


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