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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) County commissioners gave final approval Thursday to an order to stop an incinerator in Oregon from receiving medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure no fetal tissue is burned to generate power.

While taking the action, Marion County commissioners Sam Brentano and Janet Carlson said they were horrified to learn that the Marion County Resource Recovery Facility in rural Brooks might be burning medical waste that includes fetal tissue to generate electricity. Both strongly oppose abortions.

Brentano, however, noted that the county ordinance that sets the parameters for what can be accepted at the waste to energy plant allows for all human tissue.

“No rule or law has been broken, but there’s an ethical standard that’s been broken,” he said. The Department of Health quickly banned the practice.

The Oregon facil replica watches ity is a partnership between the county and Covanta, a New Jersey based firm that operates energy from waste power generation plants. The Marion County plant processes 550 tons of municipal solid waste a day, with only a small portion coming from medical sources. It sells the power to Portland General Electric.

Jill Stueck, a Covanta spokeswoman, said the company is cooperating with the suspension, and it does not seek out the waste that mortified commissioners.

“No one is saying bring us fetal tissue,” Stueck said.

Stericycle, based in Lake Forest, Ill., has been criticized by anti abortion groups for years because it disposes of aborted fetuses collected from family planning clinics. Company officials did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Jeff Bickford, environmental services division manager in Marion County, said the facility there has been taking material from British Columbia for five to seven years. He said clinical waste providers such as Stericycle bring replica watches in medical waste ranging from syringes and body parts to laboratory cultures and bodily fluids after hospitals and clinics place it into red bags and sealed containers.

“You’ve got biological agent and infectious diseases in there, so they’re never opened once they’re sealed,” Bickford said.

Brentano said the county plans to rewrite its ordinance to spell out that no tissue from fetuses can enter the incinerator, and the providers will have to develop a workable system.

He stressed that other medical waste would be accepted.

“So if someone lose replica watches ng> replica watches s an arm, loses a finger?” Carlson asked at the meeting.

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