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Environmental groups may challenge Metro East incinerator

By AP/KWMU

Sauget, Ill. – Environmental groups say they'll decide soon whether to appeal the permit granted to a Metro East hazardous-waste incinerator.

Despite legal challenges from the Sierra Club and the American Bottom Conservancy, the U.S. EPA gave Veolia Environmental Services the go ahead last week to operate a medical and chemical waste incinerator in Sauget.

Previous owners of the incinerator applied for the license more than a decade ago and have been allowed to operate under other permits since then.

Environmentalist Kathy Andria with the American Bottom Conservancy says the incinerator poses a major health hazard and should not be in a metropolitan area.

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