A medical waste processing plant could be coming to Payne City near ball fields and local restaurants. Residents in the area have questions and concerns about the plant.
"You're changing your story. Because this doesn't sound like somebody who's going to be a straight shooter and do the right thing,” said Susan Martin as she addressed Medsafe Plant Owner, Alan McKee.
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"When somebody doesn't have the courage to tell the truth in a meeting, you've got to wonder about their business practices and what they're going to be doing if they do locate somewhere," said Martin.
McKee plans to open a medical waste plant that will use chlorine to sterilize "red bag" waste from hospitals and medical facilities. Red Bag waste is generally defined as any solid waste generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals, it can include body parts, blood, and surgical instruments. After the questions piled up, McKee had enough.
"The system works that's all you need to know," said McKee.
Residents want more information about security measures for the plant and property owners say their values could go down.
"I have a rental, amongst other people who actually live here or have rentals and who's going to want to live here when they have a bio hazard material waste recycling right next door," said Larry Sterwalt.
Citizens worry the plant could impact their children. The facility is supposed to be located just yards away from Vineingle Baseball Fields.
"It does not need to be in an area that is heavily trafficked by children. It's probably a fine process in the industrial area but not here," said Martin.
The Plant Owner says he's finished the permit application process with the Environmental Protection Division, but hasn't received a permit yet.