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CDC To Investigate Whether Sauget Incinerator Is Poisoning Air With Heavy Metal Emissions

Nov 20, 2019
The Center for Disease Control will conduct an investigation into pollution from the Veolia North American-Trade Waste Incineration facility in Sauget.
Joseph Bustos | Belleville News-Democrat

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will investigate whether a waste incinerator is poisoning people in Sauget.

A federal agency within the CDC is expected to announce Wednesday it will conduct a preliminary investigation into “potential health hazards” from pollution near the Veolia North America-Trade Waste Incineration facility.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry plans to determine if the Sauget incinerator is causing heavy metal poisoning.

EPA Permit Allows Sauget Incinerator To Emit Heavy Metals Into The Air, Activists Say

Jun 19, 2019
Veolia's incinerator in Sauget, Ill.
File photo | Eli Chen | St. Louis Public Radio

The Environmental Protection Agency is allowing Veolia North America-Trade Waste Incineration, a facility in Sauget that runs a hazardous waste incinerator, to relax heavy-metal emissions monitoring, local environmentalists say.

A new permit issued by the EPA, which goes into effect on July 18, requires Veolia to install and operate mercury emissions controls on two incinerators that previously did not have mercury controls. The facility accepts waste such as propellants and explosives, reactive metals and poisonous materials for disposal, according to the company’s website.