Oregon asks waste-to-energy firm to stop using BC fetal tissue

Facility processes about 500 tonnes per day of municipal waste, including biomedical.

April 24, 2014   by ASSOCIATED PRESS

PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon commission has ordered a waste-to-energy facility to stop accepting boxed medical waste after learning it might be using the remains of aborted fetuses from BC to generate electricity.

Sam Brentano, chairman of the Marion County board of commissioners, said the board is taking immediate action to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries.

The British Columbia Health Ministry tells The Associated Press that regional health authorities there have a contract with a company that sends biomedical waste, including fetal tissue, to Oregon, where it’s incinerated in the waste-to-energy plant.

A Vancouver-based BC Catholic newspaper identified the plant as Covanta Marion, based in Marion County.


The facility processes about 500 tonnes per day of municipal solid waste, generating up to 13 megawatts of energy sold to Portland General Electric.

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