Medical waste incinerator still in operation

Company sale doesn’t ­include local plant

by Kara Lopp

Healthcare Waste Solutions will not include its medical-waste incinerator in Matthews in the sale of its other properties, company President Lewis Renfro said Wednesday, Oct. 6.

The incinerator, BMWNC Inc., at 3250 Campus Ridge Road, is the only facility Healthcare Waste Solutions will continue to own and operate once the acquisition is final, Renfro said. Healthcare Waste Solutions also will keep its name.

Lake Forest, Ill.-based Stericycle purchased the rest of Healthcare Waste Solutions for $245 million, according to a news release from Stericycle.

Stericyle owns North Carolina’s only other medical-waste incinerator, which is located in Haw River.

“We wanted to continue our project there (in Matthews), and basically we want to continue to maintain our operations and demonstrate full compliance,” Renfro said.

County officials cited BMWNC for nine air-quality violations during three separate inspections from March 30 to April 16. Three of the violations involved potentially toxic smoke coming from the plant. The company is awaiting Mecklenburg County officials’ decision whether to renew the incinerator’s air quality permit.

Stallings Mayor Lynda Paxton said she had hoped the facility would be included in any sale and shut down, transferring the medical waste to the company’s autoclave plant in Gastonia.
“This facility has a history of violations for uncontrolled emissions as well as other environmental issues that may impact many of our residents,” Paxton said.

Mecklenburg Air Quality officials halted the permit renewal process until inspectors can make several unannounced inspections to confirm the incinerator is complying at all times, Air Quality Director Don Willard said.

“We’re not telling them when and we’re not telling them how many” inspections to expect, Willard said this week.

The incinerator burns waste from doctors’ offices and hospitals, including Presbyterian Hospital Matthews, such as old medical records, used syringes, removed organs and amputated limbs, chemotherapy waste and biopsy
tissue.

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  1. Good. Now they can afford to update the stallings plant.

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