Stop Toxic Burn Pits
Northrop Grumman/ATK Launch Systems has been openly burning toxic and potentially explosive waste on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley for decades. This open burning pollutes our air shed with dangerous chemicals and is completely unnecessary as new technology offers safer options for both the environment and human health.
UPHE is one of many groups asking the Utah Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control to not renew the 10 year permit that allows this polluting practice to continue.
“Why on earth, in this day and age, are we allowing one of these toxic burn pits to operate in the Salt Lake Valley? It is such an anachronism,” said Dr. Brian Moench to the Salt Lake Tribune. “Combustion of toxic materials is an inappropriate way to deal with it.”
“ATK operates NIROP under contract with the Navy. Its state permit allows the military contractor to burn up to 160,000 pounds of explosives, propellant and other reactive waste each year, but on average it burns about 100,000 pounds annually, according to DEQ spokesman Jared Mendenhall.”