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State plans to okay hospital incinerator

The state Department of Environmental Regulation (DER) plans to give Bayfront Medical Center a permit to build a medical waste incinerator, according to state officials. The public will have 14 days from the publication of a legal notice about the impending permit to object and request a hearing, said Jim McDonald, a DER air permitting engineer. The incinerator would burn such items as used bandages, human tissue, medical waste and blood samples that now are shipped, at substantial cost, to an incinerator in Bartow. Hospital representatives have said that the incinerator, which would burn 4,000 pounds of garbage a day, some of it infectious medical waste, was absolutely no threat to the surrounding neighborhoods. The hospital plans to build the incinerator at Eighth Street and Fifth Avenue S.

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