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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal to move a medical waste-burning facility from North Salt Lake to a remote location in Tooele has cleared another step.

House lawmakers voted unanimously Monday to approve the measure.

A recent state study indicated that towns surrounding the facility had higher cancer rates, but researchers said the results are not definitive. Stericycle has maintained that it's complied with regulations as it fights violations.

Grantsville Republican Rep. Merrill Nelson praised the measure, saying a new plant would be unlikely to harm nearby residents.

But some Tooele County residents are urging lawmakers to carefully consider the costs of relocating the incinerator to their county.

The Stericycle incinerator processes 7,000 tons of waste each year, including laboratory tools, human tissue and other waste.

The measure advances to the Senate.

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