Application for proposed medical waste treatment facility denied by DEM

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Department of Environmental Management announced Tuesday it has denied a permit application for a medical waste-to-energy plant in West Warwick.

The permit was applied for by Medrecycler-RI Inc. The plant would have been constructed on Division Road in West Warwick.

DEM cites a law that was signed by Gov. Dan McKee on July 9, prohibiting new medical waste processing facilities from being built in Rhode Island.

In addition to the law, DEM cited multiple factors in denying the application. DEM said the proposal’s emergency response plans were incomplete. It also found there was a “lack of clarity” about how much and where the waste would be stored.

DEM also said the plant was to be constructed in a “densely populated area close to residential neighborhoods.” The DEM said there was no buffer between the plant and people who would live next to it.


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