Claim: Medical waste that included human tissue was shipped from British Columbia to be incinerated at a power plant in Oregon.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, April 2014]
The British Colombia Health Ministry has confirmed that 'medical waste' is sent to our country to be converted to electricity in waste-to-power plants. 'Medical waste,' in this brave new world of ours, includes amputated limbs, cancerous tissue, and the bodies of murdered children.
Origins: On 21 April 2014, the Canadian publication B.C. Catholic published an article reporting that biomedical waste from health facilities in the Canadian province of British Columbia — waste which included the remains of miscarried children and aborted fetuses — was being shipped to a power plant in the state Oregon for incineration:
So admits the B.C. Health Ministry. Though no ministry official was willing to put his or her name to the statement, the communications branch emailed The B.C. Catholic that "biomedical waste," including "human tissue, such as surgically removed cancerous tissue, amputated limbs, and fetal tissue," is "disposed of through appropriate contracted providers."
It added, "The ministry understands that some is transferred to Oregon. There it is incinerated in a waste-to-energy plant."
The likeliest destination for [these] remains is the Covanta Marion "waste-to-energy" plant in Brooks, Ore.
The board said they took immediate action in response to an article published in the British Columbia Catholic Herald newspaper that claimed "biomedical waste" was being disposed at the Covanta Marion, Inc. Energy-from-Waste facility in Brooks that contained "human tissue" and "fetal tissue."
"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 written 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.""
Covanta responded to the claims by placing blame on Marion County and said the company is halting the program until answers are given.
"The medical waste program at the Marion County Resource Recovery Facility is County run and managed," Covanta said in a statement. "Marion County contracts for and delivers
The facility in Marion County opened in 1987, according to Convanta-Marion, Inc.'s website. It's a pioneer partnership that not only accepts tons of solid waste but also
The waste the facility receives is then burned at temperatures reaching 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, boiling water and generating steam that drives turbines, which generate electrical power, according to Marion County's website.
Bud Waterman, a former temp worker at Covanta Marion, said he believes certified contractors have been carrying fetuses from British Columbia to Oregon, where state statutes allow fetuses to be disposed.
While the current statutes include fetuses in the disposal of medical waste, Marion County Commissioner Sam Brentano said the county's board will hold an emergency meeting to ban the practice.
"I don't know that you can know just like I should have known, but I didn't," said Brentano. "I'm sorry I didn’t know that this included fetal tissue, but now that I do know, believe me things [will] change."
Waterman said he believes fetuses have been incinerated at the Marion County facility for years and used for energy, a practice that the Canadian government will not do.
"They knew it, they had to. I don't see how they could not know it," said Waterman.
Last updated: 25 April 2014
Morkert, Jessica. "Did Disposed Medical Waste Include Aborted Fetuses?" KOIN-TV [Portland, OR]. 23 April 2014. Weatherbe, Steve. "Some Aborted Babies Burned to Generate Electricity." The B.C. Catholic. 21 April 2014 (p. 3). CBSNews.com. "Oregon Incinerator May Have Been Burning Tissue from Aborted Fetuses." 24 April 2014.