MARION COUNTY, OR, April 25, 2014 ( – A former temporary worker at the Oregon plant accused of incinerating aborted babies has said county officials “had to” know the facility generated power by burning fetal tissue.

Bud Waterman, a temporary worker at Covanta Marion, Inc., in the town of Brooks, remembered how the extra-long Stericycle trailers would pull up to the waste-to-power plant transporting “biomedical waste” from British Columbia.


“It would make you sick, especially if you had to clean it up or have to pull a box off the trailer,” he told local KOIN 6 TV news. “There was so much blood.”

The definition of “biomedical waste” being shipped to the United States includes aborted fetal remains, the British Columbia Health Ministry confirmed to the B.C. Catholic newspaper.

The mothers of the aborted children were led to believe the babies would be cremated, KOIN reported.

Marion County officials expressed their shock upon learning of the arrangement. “We are outraged and disgusted that this material could be included in medical waste received at the facility,” Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson said on Wednesday.

But Waterman isn't convinced by the denials. “They knew it, they had to,” he said. “I don’t see how they could not know it.”

County Commissioner Janet Carlson demanded answers. “I want to know who knew, when they knew, how long they had known this was going on,” she said.


Commissioners met in a special session Thursday to immediately prohibit the use of medical waste until the statute can permanently exclude the use of aborted fetal tissue.

Commissioner Sam Brentano was quick to point out, “No rule or law has been broken” by Covanta Marion.

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The facility burns an estimated 550 tons of waste each day, only a tiny portion of which is medical waste. The plant heats the refuse to temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit to boil water or generate energy.

The Oregon story follows just one month after reporters revealed that the remains of more than 15,000 aborted babies were incinerated, along with other “medical waste,” to heat and generate power for British hospitals.


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