The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday that it would be granting a company with a dubious past special permission to haul away large-quantities of Ebola waste.
Ironically, that same company has a history of transporting aborted babies from abortion clinics.
The permit grants the Lake Forest, Illinois-based Stericycle permission to haul away large amounts of waste from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where the first diagnosed Ebola patient in the U.S. is currently being treated, as well as other locations throughout Texas should the need arise.
DOT said in a statement that it will also offer Stericycle two different options for packaging:
Both options require a series of inner and outer packaging and the application of a CDC-authorized disinfectant to the inner packaging. The special permit also provides instructions for operation controls during transport, and requires the carrier to maintain a written spill response plan with guidelines for protecting employees and decontaminating any released material in the event of an accident.
While the government is giving Stericycle a lot of leeway for how to dispose of the Ebola-infected waste in Texas, the company has a history of improper disposal of medical waste.
The pro-life group Repent America at StopStericycle.com wrote that in 2011, Stericycle was fined for illegally dumping aborted remains into a landfill:
Stericycle was also fined over $42,000 in 2011 after the company was found to be illegally dumping aborted babies into a municipal landfill in Austin, Texas with household and commercial garbage. The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) found Stericycle liable for “failure to prevent the disposal of treated fetuses at a municipal solid waste landfill” and “failure to comply with permit conditions.”
Stericycle came under fire last April in Oregon after the county commission discovered that the remains of aborted babies had been fueling the local power plant.
The Marion County Board of Commissioners, which maintained the contract with Stericycle, cut the contract short over the issue once they were aware of the incident, reports Christian News.
Stericycle is not only under fire for its disposal of aborted babies, but it has also come under scrutiny just within the past two weeks for using an incinerator that's causing air pollution in Utah.