The editor:

The medical waste transfer station in Carter County has become a contest between fact and fiction. Finding the difference is easy. If this becomes reality the anger that has been whipped up by those who started the ridiculous horror stories of what this would be will have to face the truth. To find the truth for yourself just ask a medical professional you trust. They know and understand what this is.

Whether we are talking about this transfer station, a truck stop, or any other business, it is fair not to want it near you, but whatever the reason, the decision should be based on truth instead of stories that are at best inaccurate and at worst dishonest.

This transfer station will be over 650 feet from the center of the AA highway. Every part of its operation will take place inside a new building.

Dumps and landfills are not allowed in Carter County. This is a low level medical waste transfer station, no toxic material, no chemicals, no human remains.

Everything that comes in, mostly items contaminated by bodily fluids, will be autoclaved (300* F. @ 75 P.S.I.), the same process used by all hospitals to sterilize. Kentucky classifies it the same as household waste at this point. It leaves the county usually in less than 24 hours. There will be no odor, no risk of contamination, and no unsightly mess.

It will operate under supervision from the state EPA and county. Failure to follow the rules will result in its closure. Whether you are for or against this issue you owe it to yourself to learn the truth.

Mike Malone

County Judge Executive

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