Marion County commissioners in Portland, Oregon have ordered the immediate suspension of burning aborted babies as an energy source to generate power.
Commissioners maintain they took quick action following a story in the British Columbia Catholic Herald newspaper that reported the remains of aborted and miscarried children, including amputated limbs and cancerous tissue, were shipped from Canada to the Covanta Marion, Inc. Energy-from-Waste facility in Brooks, Oregon to generate electricity.
“We are outraged and disgusted that this material could be included in medical waste received at the facility,” said Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson in a statement.
“We did not know this practice was occurring until today. We are taking immediate action and initiating discussions with Covanta Marion to make certain that this type of medical waste is not accepted in the future.”
Bud Waterman, a former temp worker at Covanta Marion told KOIN TV containers full of medical waste would arrive at the plant two to three times a week. He further claimed contents of the truck spilled out of their containers.
Covanta officials released a statement in response to the allegations.
“The medical waste program at the Marion County Resource Recovery Facility is County run and managed,” Covanta said in a statement. “Covanta is shocked by these allegations and is discontinuing the receipt of this waste stream until we have been assured by the County that this alleged material is not being delivered to the facility.”
It is unclear how long medical waste shipments to the incinerator plant have included the remains of aborted babies.
According to LifeNews.com Jolene Kelley, Marion County spokeswoman said that receiving medical waste shipments has been included in the program for some time, but the commissioners never had any indication that fetal tissue might be included. “We learned that today,” she said.
Publication date: April 25, 2014