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Davis County Garbage Incinerator

After shamelessly skirting environmental regulators for years, putting public health at risk, the Davis County burn plant has taken steps to clean up it's act. For years, the burn plant had consistently failed to meet EPA cadmium and dioxin emission standards.

Burn plant operators recently installed $7 million of pollution control equipment at taxpayers' expense, that has had a dramatic effect on the burn plant's emissions. When comparing a recent test of the stack emissions to one completed before the pollution control equipment was installed, Utah Division of Air Quality (UDAQ) scientist Harold Burge said "[f]rom a stack-testing point of view, it is a night-and-day difference."

According to the Deseret News report from April 23, 2003, "Dioxin was reduced during the period by 99%, from .276 pounds to .0014 pounds; mercury was reduced 96%, from 188 pounds to 7.2 pounds; lead from 558 to 48 pounds, a 91% reduction; and cadmium , from 53.5 pounds to 3.6 pounds, a 93% reduction."

This is a huge turnaround for one of Utah's dirtiest residents, and was brought on by the determination of local concerned citizens like Layton resident Louise Love who said, "if they are 90% cleaner, I feel a lot safer."